Butterflies of the
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
male, Chilapata, West
Bengal, India ©
There are 6 species in the genus
Neopithecops, found variously in India,
Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines,
Indonesia, Papua and northern Australia. These pretty butterflies
are tiny but very distinctive, with round, white wings, long
antennae and large black eyes.
Neopithecops zalmora is a very
widespread and common species, found in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan,
Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sumatra, Borneo,
Sulawesi, Java and Bali.
This species is found in
rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between sea
level and about 800m.
The larvae feed on Glycosmis ( Rutaceae
Males are commonly
found imbibing mineralised moisture from damp soil. They always hold
their wings erect when feeding or at rest.