Butterflies of the
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
Tribe - PAPILIONINI
Papilio epycides Simpock
Khola,, West Sikkim, India ©
are about 60 species of Papilio in the
Oriental region, and 210 species worldwide.
In common with
other members of the genus, epycides is
palatable to insectivorous birds. In order to protect itself from
predation it has evolved its appearance to become superficially very
similar to an unpalatable species. Papilio
epycides is a mimic of the Tiger butterflies
Papilio epycides occurs in India,
Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and China.
This species is found in
rainforest at elevations between sea level and about 800m.
foodplants include Cinnamomum,
Lindera ( Lauraceae ).
commonly imbibe mineralised moisture from wet ground. They are
sometimes encountered singly, but more often several will be present
in mixed aggregations.