Butterflies of the
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EURYTELINI
© Adrian Hoskins
The Biblidinae are
a subfamily of butterflies with over 350 species worldwide, the vast
majority of which are neotropical. The genus
Ariadne comprises of 14 species, of which 5 occur in Africa,
while the remaininder are distributed variously from India to the
Philippines and the islands of south-east Asia.
Ariadne ariadne is found in India, Sri
Lanka, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Taiwan,
Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi.
This species is found in disturbed forest
habitats including roadsides, clearings and small glades, at
elevations between sea level and about 900m.
The larval foodplants include
Tragia ( Euphorbiaceae ).
Ariadne ariadne has a nervous but slow,
graceful flight, flitting and gliding, weaving and winding its way
among bushes and the lower foliage of trees. The butterfly rarely
pauses to rest for more than a moment. Both sexes visit flowers for
Assam, India ©