Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Common Jester
Symbrenthia lilaea  HEWITSON, 1864


subfamily - NYMPHALINAE

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Symbrenthia lilaea, Ultapani, Assam, 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 as Jesters.

Symbrenthia lilaea is found in India, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi.

Symbrenthia lilaea, Ultapani, Assam, India   Adrian Hoskins
This butterfly is found in sub-tropical forest at elevations between about 500-1500m.
Symbrenthia lilaea, Ultapani, Assam, India   Adrian Hoskins
The larval foodplants include Girardinia, Debregeasia and Boehmeria ( Urticaceae ).
Adult behaviour

The adults are usually seen singly or in two's and three's along narrow trails or forest glades. Males often mud-puddle in areas of dappled sunlight. Both sexes nectar at a wide range of flowers.

Symbrenthia lilaea, Ultapani, Assam, India   Adrian Hoskins


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