Butterflies of the
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
Ultapani, Assam, India
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 9 species in the genus
Caleta, vatriously distributed across
south-east Asia. They can be mistaken in flight for
Caleta have a much simpler and bolder pattern of dark brown
spots and bars.
Caleta elna is found in India, Sri
Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, south China,
Taiwan, Palawan, Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra and Sulawesi.
This common butterfly can be
found in rainforest and humid deciduous forest, in glades and along
riverbanks and roadsides. It can be found at elevations between sea
level and about 800m.
The larval foodplant is Zizyphus (
The adults are usually seen in two's and three's, mud-puddling with
other Lycaenidae. They tend to remain stationary for long periods, or
at least until such time as a camera is pointed at them, which they
take as a signal to walk around in tight circles as the photographer
shuffles about on elbows and knees trying to maintain focus!