Lemon Pansy

Scientific Name
Junonia lemonias
LINNAEUS, 1758
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Junonia lemonias, Bundala, Sri Lanka - Adrian Hoskins
Junonia lemonias, Bundala, Sri Lanka – Adrian Hoskins

Introduction

The genus Junonia comprises about 33 species, of which 11 occur in the Oriental region, including 6 in the Indian subcontinent – lemonias, orithya, hierta, iphita, atlites and almana.

Junonia lemonias is distributed from India to China. In Malaysia it is found in Kedawi but does not extend further south.

Habitats

This is a common species found in a wide variety of lowland habitats ranging from disturbed areas of rainforest, to arid Acacia thorn scrub. It commonly occurs in gardens, parks and wasteland.

Junonia lemonias, Buxa, West Bengal, India - Adrian Hoskins
Junonia lemonias, Buxa, West Bengal, India – Adrian Hoskins

Lifecycle

The larval foodplants include Asteracantha, Nelsonia, Lepidagathis, Sida and Goldfussia.

Junonia lemonias, Weligaththa, Sri Lanka - Adrian Hoskins
Junonia lemonias, Weligaththa, Sri Lanka – Adrian Hoskins

Adult behaviour

The butterflies are usually seen in two’s and three’s, either basking on low foliage, or nectaring at wild or garden flowers.

Junonia lemonias, Weligaththa, Sri Lanka - Adrian Hoskins
Junonia lemonias, Weligaththa, Sri Lanka – Adrian Hoskins

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Junonia lemonias
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LINNAEUS, 1758
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SubFamily
NYMPHALINAE
Tribe
JUNONIINI
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