Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Striped Blue Crow
Euploea mulciber CRAMER, 1777
subfamily - DANAINAE
Euploea mulciber, Chilapata, West Bengal, India Adrian Hoskins
The subfamily Danainae, which includes the Monarchs & Tigers, Nymphs and Crows, comprises of about 190 species worldwide.
The genus Euploea is very distinctive. All of the 59 known species are dark brown in colour, and most have a double band of white spots on the underside of the wings, and tiny white spots on the sides of the thorax. On the upperside, males of most species have a deep blue or purple sheen.
Like all Danaines, Euploea mulciber is unpalatable to birds and reptiles, and is mimicked by various other palatable and unpalatable species, including Chilasa paradoxa and Elymnias malelas.
Euploea mulciber is found in India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java and Bali.
This species occurs in rainforest, humid deciduous forest and forest-edge habitats at elevations between sea level and about 800m.
This species uses a variety of larval foodplants including Ficus, Streblus ( Moraceae ), Ichnocarpus, Nerium, Toxocarpus ( Apocynaceae ), Aristolochia ( Aristolochiae ) and Argyreia ( Convolvulaceae )
Adult behaviour

Males aggregate with other Euploea species to imbibe moisture from patches of damp ground. Females are more commonly seen when nectaring at Lantana and other flowering bushes.


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