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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Tawny Mime
Papilio agestor  GRAY, 1831
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
subfamily - PAPILIONINAE
Tribe - PAPILIONINI
Papilio agestor Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There 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 Parantica sita.
Papilio agestor occurs in India, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Habitats
This butterfly is found in rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between about 500-2000m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants are Cinnamomum and Persea ( Lauraceae ).
Adult behaviour

Males commonly imbibe mineralised moisture from wet ground. They are sometimes encountered singly, but more often two or three will be present in mixed aggregations.

 

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