Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
© Andrew Neild
Neope comprises of about 20 species,
distributed variously across temperate Asia. The butterflies are
similar to their close relatives in Lethe,
but are more ornate.
Neope species the upperside is dark
brown, and bears a series of black ocelli, each set within a
yellowish or orange almond-shaped spot. The only exception to this
rule is muirheadi in which the ocelli
on the upperside are vestigial. The undersides of all species are
marbled, usually strongly, in shades of brown. There is a full
series of conspicuous circular ocelli on the underside of all
is found in Tibet, and in the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.
This species breeds in forest-edge habitats dominated by bamboo.
foodplant is the broad-leaved bamboo Sasa
( Poaceae ).