Descriptions of Great Egg fly


Food Source - Adults are known to feed from a variety of nectar plants.

Etymology of Name - The origin of the genus Hypolimnas is currently unknown. In Greek mythology, Bolina was a nymph that loved Apollo, but when she tried to leave him she drowns in the sea.

Habitat - The areas where they are most often observed include open fields, along forest edges, throughout secondary growth and visiting gardens.

Life history - Males patrol a territory looking for receptive females. After mating, the females lay their eggs in cluster on the host plants. The caterpillars feed in groups on the host plants until they are ready to pupate.

Flights - There are multiple generations each year, so it is possible to find adults in flight year round.

Fun Facts - The male Great Egg fly butterfly is extremely territorial. They can often be seen chasing other individuals or other species altogether. The Great Eggfly is so territorial that they will even investigate large mammals entering their territory, even humans.

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