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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Lesser Mime
Papilio epycides  HEWITSON, 1864
Family - PAPILIONIDAE
subfamily - PAPILIONINAE
Tribe - PAPILIONINI
Papilio epycides Simpock Khola,, West 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, 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 Parantica and Tirumala.
Papilio epycides occurs in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and China.
Habitats
This species is found in rainforest at elevations between sea level and about 800m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants include Cinnamomum, Litsea and Lindera ( Lauraceae ).
Adult behaviour

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

 

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