Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
© Andrew Neild
Lethe is composed of 112 species, most
of which are found in temperate forests in Asia, although there is
one species endemic to Sulawesi, another endemic to Java. Several of
the species are very localised, being confined to the forests of
particular mountains, but others are widespread. The commonest and
most widely distributed species is rohria,
which is found from Afghanistan to China, and south to Java, Bali
Lethe species typically have sombre
earthy brown uppersides, although a few such as
europa have prominent white diagonal
bands on their forewings. In some such as
sinorix there is a series of dark ocelli on the hindwings,
set within a band of suffused orange.
The undersides of
all species are much more strongly marked than the upper surface,
and feature a series of 7 prominent submarginal ocelli. Several
species including baladeva,
luteofasciata have striking white, silver or yellowish
streaks underneath but these are barely visible on the upper
Lethe argentata is endemic to China.
To be completed.