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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Himalayan Jester
Symbrenthia brabira  MOORE, 1872

Family - NYMPHALIDAE

subfamily - NYMPHALINAE

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Symbrenthia brabira, West Sikkim, India   Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
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 as Jesters.
Symbrenthia brabira is found in India, Bhutan, Myanmar, China and Taiwan.
Habitats
This butterfly is found in sub-tropical forest at elevations between about 1000-2000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour
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.

 

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