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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Angled Castor
Ariadne ariadne   LINNAEUS, 1763
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EURYTELINI

Ariadne ariadne, Ultapani, Assam, India Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
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.
Habitats
This species is found in disturbed forest habitats including roadsides, clearings and small glades, at elevations between sea level and about 900m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants include Ricinus, Acalypha, Cnesmone and Tragia ( Euphorbiaceae ).
Adult behaviour
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 nectar.

Ariadne ariadne, Ultapani, Assam, India Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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