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Common Nawab

Name of a species of butterfly, with the scientific name Polyura athamas, which is found in the subtropical and tropical regions of Asia. Above, the upperside of the wings are mainly black, with one large pale yellowish spot at the centre, as well as a series of smaller pale yellowish dots towards the apex. Underneath, the wings are brownish smudged with chocolate and a tawny band with a series of white-bordered black spots near the apex of the hindwing. The forewings have a small pale yellowish spot, as well as a larger pale yellowish patch on both the forewings and hindwings, that have no border at the base and hence form one large patch when both wings touch. This fats-flying butterfly has a wingspan of up to 8.5 centimeters. Compare with the Great Nawab (fig.).