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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Spotted Demon
Notocrypta festhamelii  BOISDUVAL, 1832
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - HESPERIINAE
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Notocrypta feisthamelii West Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
The genus Notocrypta comprises of about 15 species variously distributed from India and Sri Lanka to China, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea and northern Australia. All are medium sized, fast flying butterflies with dark brown wings marked with whitish diagonal bands on the forewings.
Notocrypta feisthamelii is found in north-east India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi.
Habitats
This species is found in open forested areas at elevations between about 400-1200m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants include Costus ( Costaceae ), Maranta ( Marantaceae ), Musa ( Musaceae ), Amomum, Curcuma, Elettaria, Hedychium and Zingiber ( Zingiberaceae ).
Adult behaviour
Both sexes are usually seen at rest on grasses or low herbage, with their wings held slightly apart.

 

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