Butterflies of the
Brown King Crow
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - DANAINAE
Tribe - DANAINI
Euploea klugii, Buxa, West Bengal, India
© Adrian Hoskins
The subfamily Danainae, which includes the Monarchs & Tigers, Nymphs
and Crows, comprises of about 190 species worldwide.
genus Euploea is very distinctive. All
of the 59 known species are dark brown in colour, and most have a
double band of white spots on the underside of the wings, and tiny
white spots on the sides of the thorax. On the upperside, males of
most species have a deep blue or purple sheen.
Euploea klugii is found in India, Sri
Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand and penisnular Malaysia.
species occurs in rainforest, humid deciduous forest and forest-edge
habitats at elevations between sea level and about 1000m.
foodplants include Ficus and
Streblus ( Moraceae ).
aggregate with other Euploea species to
imbibe moisture from patches of damp ground. Females are more commonly
seen when nectaring at Lantana and other