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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Common Castor
Ariadne merione   CRAMER, 1777
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EURYTELINI

Ariadne merione, 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 merione is found in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and Java.
Habitats
This species is found in disturbed forest habitats including roadsides, clearings and small glades, at elevations between sea level and about 1200m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplant is Tragia ( Euphorbiaceae ).
Adult behaviour
Ariadne merione has a nervous but graceful flight, weaving and winding its way among bushes and the lower foliage of trees. The butterfly rarely pauses to rest for more than a moment.
 

 

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