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Kidadl Team

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

Common Jezebel Butterfly: 15 Facts You Won’t Believe!

Common jezebel butterfly facts are extremely interesting.

The common jezebel (Delias eucharis) is the most common, medium-sized species in the genus Delias. It is typically seen wherever there is a dense population of trees. Even in the cities or towns, the common jezebel flies around among high trees and only comes down in search of nectar in flowers of different plants as they primarily feed on nectar in flowers.

When it is not in motion, it rests with its wings closed, exhibiting its underside and showing off its mesmerizing colors. The resting pattern of the common jezebel (Delias eucharis) has made it develop a dull upper-side compared to its colorful underside. The bright colors indicate that the toxins acquired by the larvae from the host plants had turned it is unappetizing.

Since their diet turns them unpalatable, they fearlessly exhibit its beauty and its brightly colored wings, as they don't have any fear of predators around them. Its protection scheme achieved so much success that other butterflies like red-spot sawtooth also copied the flight and color pattern of the common jezebel to avoid predators.

 If you like what you read, do check out giant swallowtail butterfly and American Lady butterfly.

Common Jezebel Butterfly Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a common jezebel butterfly?

The common jezebel butterfly is the most common butterfly species in the genus Delias.

What class of animal does a common jezebel butterfly belong to?

The common jezebel (Delias eucharis) belongs to the Insecta Class.

How many common jezebel butterflies are there in the world?

The average estimated population of the common jezebel (Delias eucharis) from the genus-group Delias is more than 250 species worldwide, primarily residing in South and Southeast Asia. In all over India (except the arid regions of India), there are approximately 10 species of jezebels known.

Where does a common jezebel butterfly live?

The common jezebel prefers to live anywhere with a high enough density of trees. They generally choose forests, where they can freely roam around and fly among high trees without worrying about any disturbances, and will also find enough nectar for them to feed on.

What is a common jezebel butterfly's habitat?

Generally, the common jezebel (Delias eucharis) is found mostly all over India except the arid regions of India. According to studies, research has shown that it can inhibit up to an altitude of 7000 ft (2.13km) in hilly areas. The female butterflies are seen flying among the trees, looking for their food plants. While the male butterflies are frequently observed visiting flowers for their nectar.

Who does the common jezebel butterfly live with?

The common jezebel (Delias eucharis) is Nomadic by nature, which means they travel aimlessly from point A to point B without any proper goal.

So, they are seldomly seen with a partner, except for their mating season.

How long does a common jezebel butterfly live?

According to recent studies, the common jezebel can have an average life span anywhere between one month or six to twelve months.

How do they reproduce?

After the butterflies are done mating, eggs are laid in batches. Each batch consists maximum of 10 - 20 eggs. These eggs are laid under the leaf of its food plant. During the first few instars, the caterpillar is very gregarious. The medium-sized caterpillar has a yellow-brown colored body with a black head. They also have white tubercles from which their long and white hair arises.

After it is born, the caterpillar with its group of other caterpillars first turn their eggshell in a meal and then wanders off to the nearest leaf, where they devour their first leaf together. Then the caterpillar, with the rest of the caterpillars, moves on to the next one. This continues until they pass their first few instars of the larval stage. However, the varying amount of food that each of them gets messed up with the growth amongst the caterpillars and makes it uneven.

What is their conservation status?

The IUCN Redlist had declared this species of medium-sized butterflies as Least Concern back in 2009. Though the studies must be updated, no immediate threats affect the common jezebel (Delias eucharis), eliminating the necessity of any conservatory action.

Common Jezebel Butterfly Fun Facts

What do common jezebel butterflies look like?

The common jezebel is the most beautiful and common butterfly species in the genus Delias. They are found mostly in the non-arid regions of India.  

They have white wings and black veins that are dusted the margin outwards. The veins of females are slightly darker than males. The wings are white from underneath with black-dusted veins. The bottom half is bright yellow in the back of their wing, and the marginal border has a bright orange-red appearance.

While they are resting with their wings closed, exhibiting their colorful wings, birds from underneath recognize them from their bright appearance. Moreover, as they feed on nectar from plants, the toxins from a flower turn them unpalatable, and they taste bitter to predators.

The common jezebel butterflies are incredibly beautiful

How cute are they?

The mesmerizing colors of a common jezebel would easily mesmerize anyone, and its vibrant colors are no less than a flower. However, considering it cute would be a little harder since they are nomadic in nature and don't really have any cute characteristics or a tiny body.

How do they communicate?

Like other species of butterflies, found commonly in South and Southeast Asia, this species also communicate through vibrations that transmit via the substrate. They sometimes also use chemical signals as a mode of communication.

How big is a common jezebel butterfly?

The average size of a common jezebel is about 2.5-3.3 in (6.35-8.4 cm). If we compare it to Purple Emperor butterfly under the genus Apatura whose average length is 2.4-3.0 in (6.09 - 7.62 cm), the common jezebel appears to be the same height. But when compared to a bird-like common parrot whose average height is 40 in (101 cm), the parrot is more than ten times bigger.

How fast can a common jezebel butterfly fly?

Unfortunately, there are no studies done on the exact speed of this species. However, research shows them flying among trees at a pretty decent height.

How much does a common jezebel butterfly weigh?

There is not much information regarding this.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There have been no specific names allotted to distinguish between the male and the female butterflies.

What would you call a baby common jezebel butterfly?

The common jezebel goes under three growth stages before transforming into a full-grown butterfly, and during those three stages, they are called three different names. At the very beginning, when the eggs hatch, they come out as caterpillars, known as larva. Then they transform into a pupa, from which they finally turn into a full-grown butterfly.

What do they eat?

At the very first stage of being a larva, they feed on leaves, and at a later stage of life, when they are full-grown butterflies, they feed on nectars of a flower.

Are they dangerous?

They are not dangerous in any action; however, they carry toxins obtained from the nectars of different flowers, making them dangerous for anyone who tries to prey on them.

Would they make a good pet?

This species is primarily found among tall trees in the wild, but they also survive as pets or exotic animals in an artificial forest made by humans.

Did you know...

Despite the colorful appearance of a common jezebel, queen butterfly is considered to be far more superior in nature.

The cabbage white butterfly, unlike the common Jezebel, is completely white in color.

The larval plants of this species are mostly various species of parasitic mistletoes like the Loranthus.

How many eggs do common jezebel butterflies lay? 

In each batch, the female butterfly lays something around 10-20 eggs.

Do the common jezebel butterflies migrate? 

The common Jezebel is nomadic in nature and often migrates from one place to another, purposelessly, without any specific reason or a goal. They are not endemic to any certain region.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these Ten-Lined June beetle facts and False Chinch bug facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable butterfly birthday coloring pages.

Main image and second image by Jeevan Jose.

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