Butterflies of the
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
West Sikkim, India
© Adrian Hoskins
There are about 14
species in the genus Symbrenthia, of
which 5 are found in India. The remainder are distributed variously
across south-east Asia and Indonesia. The colour and pattern of the
dorsal surface is similar to that of
Pantoporia ( Limenitidinae ) but the wing shape is much more
angular, and the undersides are completely different, being marbled
and spotted rather than banded. The butterflies are popularly known
Symbrenthia brabira is found in India,
Bhutan, Myanmar, China and Taiwan.
This butterfly is found in sub-tropical forest at
elevations between about 1000-2000m.
To be completed.
The adults are usually seen singly or in two's
and three's along narrow trails or forest glades. Males sometimes
mud-puddle in areas of dappled sunlight. Both sexes nectar at a wide
range of flowers.