Chin’s Butterfly Gallery
CHIN'S BUTTERFLY GALLERY ~ LIFE HISTORY ~ THE LEOPARD
The Leopard
THE LEOPARD is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 5cm (or two inches) and the improbable scientific name of Phalanta phalantha phalantha. This species abounds where its food plant, the willow tree (Salix sp.), grows. It has a fairly wide range - from Sri Lanka and India to Sundaland and the Lesser Sunda Islands. This butterfly is also found in Madagascar and tropical Africa. I first photographed the adult butterfly in my hometown (Kulim, Kedah) in the early 1980s when we had a willow tree planted in the compound of our old family house. In late 2000, I noticed the butterfly breeding on two willow trees that a neighbour here in Kuala Lumpur had recently planted just outside his house. From these two trees, I collected some caterpillars and bred them out, which is not a difficult job as their food was readily available.
The Leopard
The Leopard (Phalanta phalantha phalantha). Copyright © Chin Fah Shin

Leopard caterpillars on a willow tree


Young caterpillar of the Leopard


Caterpillar of the Leopard

Caterpillar of the Leopard Pupating caterpillar of the Leopard
Pupa of the Leopard Darkened pupa of the Leopard Emerging adult of the Leopard Newly emerged Leopard Leopard falls prey to crab spider
THIS PAGE REVISED ON JULY 25, 2019. COPYRIGHT © Chin Fah Shin.