Both sexes occur in two forms. Form dissimilis: mimics blue-coloured Tigers. Colouration is black and white throughout the wings, on both sides. A sub-marginal row of “^” shaped markings, lower bifid endings on white lines and an orange spot at the anal angle are marked features apparent on the upper surface of its hindwing. These markings are prominent on its underside with an additional, marginal row of orange coloured spots. Form clytia: mimics Crows. They are brown in colour, with markings towards the outer margins as in the previous form.
The Mime mimics the habits of its models. They have a slow, reckless flight pattern but if alarmed, they escape in their usual fast papilionid flight. They typically rest in closed wing position as Danaids. They hover when feeding on flowers, but not in a rapid manner as seen in other Papilionids.
Habitats and Distribution
Like their models, the Mime is found in open vegetation. It can be seen in home gardens and thin forests, but is not too fond of scrublands where its models are abundant. It is common in the lowlands.