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Butterflies of temperate Asia
Laverna Emperor
Apatura laverna  LEECH, 1893
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - APATURINAE
Tribe - APATURINI
Apatura laverna male, Yunnan, China Andrew Neild
Introduction
The genus Apatura comprises of 4 species, 2 of which - iris and ilia, have a widespread distribution covering most of Europe and temperate Asia. The other 2 species are metis which is found in south-east Europe, Kazakhstan and s.w. Siberia; and laverna from n.e. China. Apatura are closely related to the South American genus Doxocopa, and in common with them are sexually dimorphic - the males possessing a beautiful purple sheen that is lacking in the females. Apatura laverna is placed in the genus Chitoria by some workers.
Apatura laverna is found in the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Yunnan provinces of China.
Apatura laverna male, Yunnan, China Andrew Neild
Habitats
This species is found in damp deciduous woodlands, forests and river valleys at altitudes between about 200-1500m.
Lifecycle

To be completed.

Adult behaviour

Males are most frequently encountered when imbibing fluids from carnivore dung or urine-soaked ground. These provide them with essential alkaloids which are passed to females during copulation.

 

 

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