Butterflies of the
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - LIMENITIDINI
Chilapata, West Bengal, India
© Adrian Hoskins
There are about 45 species in the genus
Athyma, variously distributed across
the Oriental region. They are popularly known as Sergeants, and are
closely related to the genera Limenitis
Athyma perius is the commonest and most
widespread member of the genus, being found in India, Bhutan,
Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, the Philippines,
peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and Java.
This species is found in forested areas at
elevations between sea level and about 800m.
The larval foodplant is
Glochidion ( Phyllanthaceae ).
have a swift and skittish flight with rapid wing beats alternating
with spurts of smooth gliding. They are powerful fliers, but usually
only fly for short distances at a time. Males are strongly
territorial and patrol regular beats back and forth along forest
trails, settling periodically on the ground or on low herbage.