Butterflies of the
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
Tribe - PAPILIONINI
Papilio agestor Sikkim,
India © Adrian Hoskins
are about 60 species of Papilio in the
Oriental region, and 210 species worldwide.
In common with
other members of the genus, agestor is
palatable to insectivorous birds so in order to protect itself from
predation it has evolved its appearance to become superficially very
similar to an unpalatable species. Papilio
agestor is a mimic of the Chocolate Tiger butterfly
Papilio agestor occurs in India, Nepal,
Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
This butterfly is found in
rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between about
foodplants are Cinnamomum and
Persea ( Lauraceae ).
commonly imbibe mineralised moisture from wet ground. They are
sometimes encountered singly, but more often two or three will be
present in mixed aggregations.