Doleschalia bisaltide

Autumn Leaf

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Nymphalidae”
Sub Family: “Nymphalinae”
Estimated Lifespan 11 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 4
Total Number of Pupae Received: 4715
First Flown On: 10/14/02
Last Flown On: 03/15/19

Species Range:

  • “Asia”

Host plants:

  • Acanthaceae: Pseuderanthemum malbaricum
  • Graptophyllum pectum
  • Artocarpus heterophyllus
  • Odontonema strictum

Food Source

From time to time the adults will visit flowers but they seem to prefer sap and rotting fruits as their primary food source.

Etymology Of Name

The origin of the genus Doleschallia and the specie bisaltide is currently unknown.

Habitat

The Autumn Leaf is primarly found in tropical forests and often visit openings along and around those forested areas.

Life history

After mating the female lays her eggs individually on the host plant leaves. The caterpillar emerges from the egg, it finds a hiding place and only comes out at night to feed on the host plant. When it comes time for the caterpillar to form its chrysalis it leaves the host plant to find a sheltered location away from the host plant.

Flights

In the north of their range it is possible to find adults year round while in the southern parts they are primarily found September-June with the highest populations in both areas at the end of the rainy season.

Fun Facts

Whether it is the leaf like shape of the Autumn Leaf when it closes its wings, the color and pattern of the underside which resembles that of a dead leaf or the rapid erratic flight, the Autumn Leaf Butterfly can almost instantly disappear in its surroundings as soon as it lands.