Great Orange Tip Butterfly Hebomoia glaucippe

Great Orange Tip butterfly
Great Orange Tip butterfly male
Great Orange Tip butterflies
The Great Orange Tip Butterfly is native to South and Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. There are many subspecies over its extensive range. With a wingspan of over 90mm, it is significantly larger than the European Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines, (some 50mm wingspan) and is one of the largest of the "whites" (pieridae).
Great Orange Tip butterfly male
Great Orange Tip butterfly female
Great Orange Tip butterflies
Unlike the European Orange-tip, male and female look fairly similar. The male topside has clear white hind wings; the female topside is darker and has black markings on the hindwings.
Great Orange Tip butterfly
Great Orange Tip butterfly
Great Orange Tip butterfly
The wings of the Great Orange Tip are toxic to predators - the toxin, also found in a sea-snail to immobilise prey, is only in the wings, not in the body. Some reptilian predators are immune to it and some insect/avian predators eat only the butterfly's body.
Great Orange Tip butterfly
Great Orange Tip butterfly underside
Great Orange Tip butterfly underside
With forewings lowered and wings closed, the Great Orange Tip is well-camouflaged.