Euselasia males are noted for their habit
of spending most of their lives hiding under leaves. Some species such
as eusepus and
angulata tend to sit under the leaves of low vegetation, while
others such as euriteus and
clithra tend to settle higher up, under
the leaves of trees at heights of between 2-5 metres. Often males of
several Euselasia species will occupy a
particular tree but each species will settle at a different height and
fly at a different time of the morning.
Although they may appear to be hiding, they are in fact "perching"
i.e. waiting to ambush any other Euselasia
that flies past. If the ambushed butterfly turns out to be another
male a short aerial battle takes place after which the intruding male
is usually ousted, and the conquering male returns to sit beneath the
leaf where he originally perched. Perching males hold their wings
erect, but often with the hindwings very slightly apart, enabling a
glimpse of the metallic upperside.
flight is rapid and erratic. Males are active early in the day, but
females fly and oviposit in the afternoon. Both sexes visit flowers
and extrafloral nectaries. The butterflies fly throughout the year but
are commonest in the late dry season and during drier periods in the