The male resembles the Common Leopard, but is much
larger. The female resembles the Plain Tiger.
A high elevation species that occurs above 3000 feet. It
is not uncommon along the edges of tea fields bordering
forests that support its larval food plant violet.
The male is more abundant than the female and may be
seen day after day in the same location. It often
settles on gravel roads through forests. Its flight is
very similar to that of the Common Leopard. However,
unlike like the Common Leopard, it does not incessantly
move its wings when settled. The female flies slower
than the male and mimics the Plain Tiger. This is a hill
topping species and may be seen in fair numbers on top
The eggs are laid singly on the leaves of violet, which
is its only known larval food plant.