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Butterflies of temperate Asia
Aldania Mimic
Aldania imitans  OBERTHÜR, 1897
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - LIMENITIDINAE
Tribe -
Aldania imitans Yunnan, China © Andrew Neild
Introduction
The genus Aldania comprises of 7 species, found variously in China, Tibet, Amur, Ussuri, Korea or Taiwan. Aldania thisbe, themis, ilos, yunnana and deliquata are black with white or yellow horizontal bands and closely resemble members of the genus Neptis in which they were originally classified. The two remaining species are atypical in appearance - raddei is translucent greyish and virtually unmarked except for the veins which are picked out in black; while imitans is coloured and marked in a manner which strongly suggests it is a Batesian mimic of the toxic Danaine Parantica sita.
Aldania imitans is endemic to the Yunnan province of China.
Habitats
To be completed.
Lifecycle
I have no data regarding imitans, but certain other Aldania species are known to use Ulmus, Betula and Quercus as their respective larval foodplants.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes probably spend most of their lives in the canopy, but males are sometimes observed imbibing mineralised moisture from damp ground.

 

 

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