Butterflies of New
and the islands of the South Pacific
Godart's Map butterfly
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Meni, Arfak, Irian Jaya
Cyrestis comprises of 25 species, of
which 17 occur in the Oriental region. Only 4 occur in West Malaysia
- themire, cocles,
maenalis. An additional species
theresae occurs on Sumatra and Borneo, while the remainder
are found variously from India to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon
islands; except for a single species camilla,
found in Africa and Madagascar.
Most Cyrestis species have thin wavy
lines on their wings reminiscent of map contour lines, hence the
popular name. Many also have a small patch of orange at the anal
angle of the hindwing.
Cyrestis acilia is found in Sulawesi,
Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, New Britain, New Ireland, the Solomon
islands and most of the smaller islands of the Papuan region.
species is found in primary and secondary rainforest, at elevations
below about 800m.
The larval foodplant is
Both sexes have a
gentle but deceptively rapid gliding flight. They will venture out
of the forest to bask on gravel roads on overcast days, but in sunny
weather usually remain in the shade. Males sometimes visit moist
spots on the ground in forest edge habitats. The butterflies
commonly rest underneath leaves with their wings fully outspread.