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Butterflies of temperate Asia
Oberthür's Freak
Calinaga davidis OBERTHUR, 1920
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - CALINAGINAE
Tribe -
Calinaga davidis Sichuan, China © Andrew Neild
Introduction
The subfamily Calinaginae comprises of only 8 species, all placed in the genus Calinaga.
Calinaga davidis is restricted to eastern Tibet and western China.
Habitats
This species inhabits forested areas at altitudes between about 1000-1800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Calinaga davidis Sichuan, China © Andrew Neild
Adult behaviour

Males can often be found imbibing moisture from damp ground near rivers in  forested areas. Both sexes assemble at the peaks of hills or on mountain ridges where courtship, and copulation take place. The butterflies have a slow lazy flight, like that of Papilionids. The behaviour and appearance give the impression that they may be Batesian mimics of toxic Danaines or Delias species.

 

 

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