Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
Mission Beach, Queensland, Australia
© David Fischer
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. 26 species occur on New
Guinea but only 2 reach Australia - terminus
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
is found in West Irian, Papua New Guinea, New Britain and most of
the smaller islands east of the Wallace Line. In Australia it is
found only in Northern Territory and Queensland.
This is a
rainforest species and is commonest during the rainy season.
The larvae feed on Imperata and various
other unidentified grasses.
The adults are usually encountered singly
or in two's and three's at light gaps in the forest, or in forest edge