Chin’s Butterfly Gallery
CHIN'S BUTTERFLY GALLERY ~ LIFE HISTORY ~ THE COMMON MIME
The Common Mime
The Common Mime (Papilio clytia clytia, form dissimilis) nectaring on hibiscus flower.
The Common Mime
THE COMMON MIME (Papilio clytia clytia) is another "widespread" species which occurs from Sri Lanka and India to south China, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, the Philippines and the Lesser Sunda Islands. Formerly, its generic name was Chilasa. The Common Mime (family Papilionidae) is a mimic of "milkweed" butterflies (family Nymhalidae, subfamily Danainae) which are distasteful to predators. Its food plant is the "wild cinnamon" tree (Cinnamomum, a species of Lauraceae) which is sometimes planted as a roadside tree. There was one in my neighbourhood on which I had found the caterpillars on several occasions. So (until it was chopped down some time ago) it wasn't difficult for me to get a steady supply of their food and breed them out. The adult butterfly was also quite often seen flying in this neighbourhood.
Common Mime caterpillar Common Mime caterpillar Caterpillar of Chilasa clytia Common Mime caterpillar pupating Common Mime pupa
Darkened pupa of Common Mime Newly emerged Common Mime Newly emerged Common Mime Newly emerged Common Mime Common Mime nectaring on Golden Dewdrop
THIS PAGE REVISED ON JULY 22, 2019. COPYRIGHT © Chin Fah Shin.