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Butterflies of New Guinea and the islands of the South Pacific
Cramer's Cruiser
Vindula arsinoe  CRAMER, 1777
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - HELICONIINAE
Tribe - VAGRANTINI
Vindula arsinoe, female, Meni, Arfak, Irian Jaya G.Zakine
Introduction
The genus Vindula comprises of 4 species which are variously distributed from India to Australia.
Vindula arsinoe is found on the Moluccas, Irian Jaya, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon islands, New Britain and New Ireland.
Habitats
This species occurs in primary and disturbed rainforest habitats at altitudes between sea level and about 1000m.
Lifecycle

The larval foodplants include Passiflora, Adenia and Hollrungia.

Adult behaviour

The orange males are commonly observed mud-puddling for mineralised moisture, and are usually encountered as singletons amidst aggregations of Pieridae and Papilionidae. They fan their wings slowly or keep them fully outspread when feeding in semi-shaded conditions, but hold them erect in hot sunny conditions. Females are seen much less commonly, and are usually encountered when nectaring at Lantana or other flowering bushes.

 

 

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