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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
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Tanaecia lepidea  BUTLER, 1868
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - LIMENITIDINAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI

Tanaecia lepidea, Chilapata, West Bengal, India Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
The genus Tanaecia comprises of about 30 species, found variously in India, Burma, Thailand, West Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, south China, the Philippines, Java and Bali. Males of most species are dark chocolate brown with broad slightly metallic blue or green marginal bands, however these are replaced by pale umber in lepidea. Females of all species are paler and are patterned with a series of white or greyish streaks, indented with dark chevrons.
Tanaecia lepidea is found in India, Myanmar, Thailand and peninsular Malaysia.
Habitats
This species inhabits rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between about 0-600m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants include Careya ( Lethycidaceae ) and Melastoma ( Melastomataceae ).
Adult behaviour
Males often descend from the trees to bask on foliage or among leaf litter on the forest floor, but are very alert and easily disturbed.

 

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