Butterflies of the
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 9 species in the genus
Caleta, vatriously distributed across
south-east Asia. They can be mistaken in flight for
Caleta have a much simpler and bolder pattern of dark brown
spots and bars.
Caleta roxus is found in north-east
India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and the
This pretty species is usually
encountered in disturbed areas in forested areas including
roadsides, riverbanks and village gardens. It is primarily a lowland
butterfly, rarely found above 500m.
The larval foodplant is Zizyphus (
Males are usually seen in two's and
three's, mud-puddling with other Lycaenidae on forest roads, but
females tend to be found singly at rest on low vegetation.