Butterflies of New
and the islands of the South Pacific
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - VAGRANTINI
female, Meni, Arfak,
Irian Jaya ©
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.
This species occurs in primary and disturbed
rainforest habitats at altitudes between sea level and about 1000m.
The larval foodplants include
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