Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Hestina nama  DOUBLEDAY, 1844
subfamily - APATURINAE
Tribe -

Hestina nama  Rimbi, West Sikkim, India   Adrian Hoskins

The subfamily Apaturinae is of worldwide distribution and comprises of several genera of large and powerfully flying butterflies among which are Apatura, Doxocopa and Mimathyma. Most have dark brown uppersides, banded with white. The males of most genera reflect an iridescent purple, blue or turquoise sheen. The Oriental region includes several unusual genera including the very handsome Sephisa Courtiers, the enchanting Rohana Princes, and the strikingly marked Hestina species.
The genus Hestina consists of 11 species including several which were formerly included in Diagora or Diadema. Most are Batesian mimics of toxic Danaines - Hestina nama for example is a mimic of the Chocolate Tiger Parantica sita.
Hestina nama is the most widely distributed species, being found in north India, Bhutan, Myanmar, south-west China and Sumatra.
This butterfly inhabits humid deciduous and evergreen valley forests, at elevations between about 400-1800m.
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Adult behaviour
The butterflies are almost always encountered singly. Males visit damp ground to imbibe moisture. They are very wary, dashing off at the least disturbance, and have a remarkable ability to hide out of sight behind boulders!


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