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

Crimson Rose

The Crimson rose (Pachliopta hector) is a large swallowtail butterfly belonging to the genus Pachliopta (roses) of the red-bodied swallowtails. The male can be recognized from its black wings, the forewing’s broken white band and the hind wings with a series of crimson spots and tail. The female is also similar being a little duller in colour. The Crimson Rose is seen in both the nature reserves as well as in the open country, especially during the dry seasons. It is known to have strong migratory habits during the peak of its season.