The sexes are similar in colour and pattern. This dark orange-coloured butterfly has distinct black lines along the veins on both surfaces of both wings. The apex of the forewing is black in colour up to the cell, and extends along the upper and outer margin, on the upper surface. Elongated white patches form a sub-apical band and further small white spots are present towards the margins. The outer margin of the hindwing bares a black band with two rows of white spots. The colour pattern of its underside is more or less the same, being paler on the apex of the forewing and the hindwing. The male has an additional patch below the second vein on both sides of the hindwing revealing the sex brand.
The Common Tiger has a moderately fast but careless flight. It prefers to fly at scrub level and also descends to flowers of herbs. Males congregate at plants that provide toxins. This is a migratory species.
Habitats and Distribution
This butterfly is common in the lowlands of Sri Lanka, both in the wet and dry zones, but are never as numerous as Plain Tigers. It is rarely seen in the hills.
Larval Food Plants
Apocynaceae plants including Cynanchum tunicatum, Oxystelma esculentum and Pentatropis capensis