• Animals in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lankan Animals, Animals of Sri Lanka

Common Jezebel

The Common Jezebel (Delias eucharis) is the most common butterfly of the 225 species in the genus Delias. They are very colourful having hues of yellow, red, black and white. Typically the upper side is white with well defined black veins and the underside having a similar pattern in addition to the hind wings having a bright yellow with a series of vermillion red spots. Both the male and female look very similar with only few differences. It is found to frequent a wide variety of habitats including tropical rain forests, open woodlands and flower gardens and can be seen in most parts of the island where its larval food plant, the Loranthus species, a common parasitic plant is found.