Agrias claudina is a stunning member of the genus Agrias, which are amongst the most vividly marked and beautiful butterflies in the world. These butterflies are recognised by their strongly patterned wings, and the males of all Agrias species have prominent yellow tufts on the hind wings that spread pheromones used to entice females to mate (2) (3).
The adult Agrias claudina is beautifully coloured with various black, brown, red, gold and blue markings. The caterpillar when fully grown is olive brown, plump and tapers towards the rear, which bears a pair of twisted tails. The neck of the caterpillar is relatively narrow and the head is rather large in proportion to the body. The chrysalis is pale green, rounded, and tapers sharply towards the head (2) (3).