Butterflies of the
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Lexias dirtea khasiana female, Ultapani,
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 17
species in the genus Lexias, of which 4
are endemic to the Philippines. The remainder occur variously across
south-east Asia. There are 3 species recorded in India:
dirtea and pardalis.
dirtea is found in north India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos,
Cambodia, south China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Sumatra,
Borneo and Java.
This butterfly is
found in rainforest at elevations between about 100-800m.
To be completed.
Males visit damp
patches to imbibe mineralised moisture, and also attend dung, carrion
and fallen fruits on the forest floor. Females are usually seen deep
in the forest, basking on leaves in areas of dappled sunlight.
Lexias dirtea khasiana male, Ultapani,
Assam, India ©