Morni Wildlife (Insects): Yellow Orange Tip

Yellow Orange Tip (Ixias pyrene) – a small yellow-orange butterfly that is common to the dry thorny scrub/ mixed-deciduous forests of the Shivalik hills. Can be generally spotted around the lantana flowers in the Morni hills. The butterfly prefers damp patches and the lantana infested scrub in the vicinity of the numerous water harvesting dams in the foothills of Morni attracts a lot of Yellow-Orange Tips. The males have a yellow upper fore-wing with a prominent orange band in the apical half enclosed inside a thick black border. The upper hind-wing is yellow with a black border. In females the upper-wings are white tinged with yellow and the orange apical patch is less prominent.

Yellow Orange Tips, Berwala nallah, Morni hills
Yellow Orange Tips, Berwala nallah, Morni hills
Yellow Orange Tip, Chandimandir, Pinjore-Morni (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey) April
Yellow Orange Tip, Chandimandir, Pinjore-Morni (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey) April
Yellow Orange Tip, Chandimandir, Pinjore-Morni foothills (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)
Yellow Orange Tip, Chandimandir, Pinjore-Morni foothills (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)
Yellow Orange Tip, Chandimandir, Pinjore-Morni (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)
Yellow Orange Tip, Chandimandir, Pinjore-Morni (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

References:

  1. Butterflies of India, Arun Pratap Singh (2011)