Hypolycaena erylus teatus
|Common Name:||Common Tit|
|Extant in countries:||•Malaysia •Singapore|
The upperside of the male is deep purple blue with a large circular brand on the forewing disc. The female is dull grey-brown and black marginal spots on the greyish white tornal area of the hindwing. The undersides of both sexes are a pale greenish grey with a cell-end bar and a narrow reddish brown post discal line on each wing. There is an orange-crowned black spot and a smaller one on the hindwings.
Habitat & Habits
The Common Tit has been found in a variety of localities in Singapore, from the mangrove-type environment of Sg Buloh Nature Park, to the forested Central Catchment and even in downtown Singapore along traffic congested Victoria Street ! At the last location, the caterpillars of the species were found feeding on the roadside ornamental plant Ixora javanica (Javanese Ixora) in the heart of town. This is probably a new record of the host plant for this species. The caterpillars collected were bred to adulthood.
There are two tails originating from veins 1b and 2 from the hindwing. The species behaves in the typical Lycaenid behaviour of sliding the hindwings in a fashion where the tails appear to be alive. This acts as a decoy to fool predators into thinking that the rear end of the butterfly is the head with the antennae and "eyes".
Refer to the ButterflyCircle's blog article - The Life History of the Common Tit.
To be detailed.