Butterflies of the
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ARGYNNINI
© Haraprasan Nayak
The subfamily Heliconiinae is
distributed worldwide. It includes the
Dione Longwings of the neotropics; the
Acraea butterflies of Africa; the
Phalanta Leopards, Cethosia
Lacewings and Vindula Cruisers of the
Indo-Australian region; and Holarctic Fritillaries in the genera
Childrena, all members of the tribe Argynnini.
There are 2 species
in the genus Childrena, i.e.
zenobia which is restricted to China,
Tibet and Ussuri; and childreni which
is found in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand and
This species is found in
sub-tropical valleys and temperate forests in the foothills of the
Himalaya and the mountains of Burma, Thailand and western China.
The larval foodplant is Viola (
bask on rocks, landslips and bare ground to imbibe mineralised
moisture. If disturbed they immediately close their wings, and rely on
the camouflage of their silver-striped undersides to protect them.
Females do not mud-puddle, but can be seen nectaring at flowers.