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Butterflies of New Guinea and the islands of the South Pacific
Red Lacewing
Cethosia cydippe  LINNAEUS, 1767
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - HELICONIINAE
Tribe -
Cethosia cydippe, Meni, Arfak, Irian Jaya G.Zakine
Introduction
There are 14 species in the genus Cethosia, distributed variously from India to Australia.
Cethosia cydippe is found throughout the forested regions of New Guinea and surrounding islands, and also occurs in Australia ( Cape York, Queensland ).
Habitats
This species occurs in open forested habitats, e.g. along forest roads and wider trails, or in gardens in forest villages. It is found from sea level to about 1200m.
Lifecycle

The larval foodplants include Adenia, Passiflora and Hollrungia.

Adult behaviour

Both sexes are usually encountered as singletons, and observed while nectaring at bushes or herbaceous plants. They usually keep their wings erect or half open while nectaring, but will sometimes bask with wings outspread in warm overcast conditions.

 

 

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