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Great Eggfly

Great Eggfly

Animal's Behavior

The Great Eggfly exhibits a rare example of maternal care in butterflies, known for guarding leaves where they have laid eggs.

Eating Habits

Great Eggfly butterfly drinks nectar of tropical flowers



Animal Facts

  • : The Great Eggfly is a favorite in butterfly gardens, as they tend to be more likely to perch on a visitor’s shoulder. Why they exhibit this behavior is unknown.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Hypolimnas bolina


Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae

Place of Birth

Lightly wooded areas


3 inches


Dark with striking blue spots (males) or yellow-edged wings (females)


2 weeks

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