Scientific Name : Melanitis leda (Linnaeus)
Family : NYMPHALIDAE
Wingspan : 60 - 80 mm
Colour : Upper side is dark brown with an eye-spot and white pupil on the forewings surrounded by orange patches (in dry season).
Habit : Keeps close to the ground and never flies high up. During the ay it keeps motionless in the shaded undergrowth. Fallen and rotting fruits attract this butterfly. It can be baited by wine, toddy etc.
Larval Host Plants : Oryza sativa, Zea mays, Panicum sp., Sorghum sp. etc.
Location : Throughout West Bengal