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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Orchid Tit
Chliaria othona   HEWITSON, 1865
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe -
Chliaria othona, Chilapata, West Bengal, India  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Chliaria comprises of 5 known species variously distributed from n.e. India to Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra.
The butterflies are popularly known as Tits, a name applied to several long-tailed Theclines most of which were originally placed in the genus Hypolycaena.  Chliaria males are brilliant metallic blue on the upperside, except for the apical area which is deep black. Females are dark earthy brown with patches of pale silvery blue scales. The undersides vary according to species - tora and balua have markings reminiscent of Zeltus, while kina is similar to othona.
Chliaria othona is the most widely distributed species. It is found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and northern Borneo.
Habitats
This species inhabits rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevation between about 200-800m.
Lifecycle
The larvae feed on the flowers of orchids ( Orchidaceae ).
Adult behaviour
Males are invariably encountered singly, perching on foliage or mud-puddling along forest roads or river beaches.

Chliaria othona, Chilapata, West Bengal, India  Adrian Hoskins

 

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