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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Large Silverstripe
Childrena childreni  GRAY, 1831
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - HELICONIINAE
Tribe - ARGYNNINI
Childrena childreni  Darjeeling, India Haraprasan Nayak
Introduction
The subfamily Heliconiinae is distributed worldwide. It includes the Heliconius, Dryas, Philaethria and 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 Argynnis, Boloria, Brenthis, Yramea, Euptoieta and 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 south-western China.
Habitats
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.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplant is Viola ( Violaceae ).
Adult behaviour

Males 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.

 

 

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