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Butterflies of temperate Asia
Yunnan Admiral
Limenitis homeyeri  TANCRÉ, 1881
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - LIMENITIDINAE
Tribe -
Limenitis homeyeri Yunnan, China © Tony Hoare
Introduction
There are about 25-30 species in the genus Limenitis. Some such as populi and camilla are widely distributed across Europe and temperate Asia. The majority however are largely restricted to China and the countries of the former Soviet Union. There are 4 species found in tropical Asia, but there the genus is largely replaced by Neptis.
The majority of Limenitis species have black wings, banded and spotted with white. These markings are repeated on the underside, which in most species has an orange ground colour, and a single or double row of black submarginal spots.
Limenitis homeyeri is found in Amurland, and in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan.
Habitats
This species is found in forested habitats at elevations between about 500-1500m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are noted for their nimble and graceful flight, alternately flitting and gliding, as they weave their way with great precision in and out of the foliage of trees. Males imbibe mineralised moisture from damp ground, and occasionally visit dung, fallen fruit or sap runs. Both sexes imbibe aphid secretions 'honey-dew' which coat the upper surface of leaves. They also visit a wide range of herbaceous and arboreal flowers for nectar.

 

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