Lilacine Bush Brown
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
© Tony Hoare
Mycalesis is one of the largest
Satyrine genera, comprising of 88 known species, of which 2 have yet
to be given scientific names. The genus is confined to the Oriental
and Australian regions.
The butterflies are
instantly recognisable as a group, all being some shade of brown on
both wing surfaces, and marked with a series of conspicuous ocelli,
and a single straight median line across the underside of both
wings. Many of the species are very similar, but can usually be
distinguished from each other by close examination of the
configuration of the ocelli and submarginal lines.
Mycalesis francisca occurs in
north-west India, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan.
To be completed.
foodplants include bamboo Bambusa, and
the grasses Imperata,
Setaria and Oplismenus ( Poaceae