Blue Tiger

Tirumala hamata

''Tirumala hamata'', the Blue Tiger, Dark Blue Tiger or Blue Wanderer, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in south-east Asia and Australia. In Australia, the butterflies perform mass migrations to the south in some years.
Blue Tiger  Tirumala hamata

Appearance

The wingspan is about 70 mm. Adults have black wings with blue spots. Adults have been observed scratching the leaves of ''Heliotropium amplexicaule'' and ''Parsonia straminea'', possibly to suck out moisture.
Blue Tiger- Tirumala hamata Not a common butterfly that far south along the east coast.  Australia,Blue Tiger,Geotagged,Summer,Tirumala hamata

Naming

*''Tirumala hamata hamata''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata arikata''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata coarctata''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata goana''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata insignis''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata leucoptera''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata melittula''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata neptunia''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata nigra''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata obscurata''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata pallidula''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata paryadres''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata subnubila''
⤷ ''Tirumala hamata talautensis''
Blue tiger (Tirumala hamata)  Australia,Fall,Geotagged,Tirumala hamata

Food

The larvae feed on a wide range of plants including ''Parsonsia'' , ''Heterostemma papuana'', ''Heterostemma acuminatum'', ''Hoya australis'', ''Leichardtia'', ''Marsdenia'' , ''Secanome carnosum'', ''Secamone elliptica'', ''Tylophora'', ''Cryptostegia grandiflora'', ''Cynanchum carnosum'' and ''Cynanchum leptolepis''. They are grey with black bands between segments and orange lateral lines and a black head with white markings.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNymphalidae
GenusTirumala
SpeciesT. hamata
Photographed in
Australia