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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Suffused Snow Flat
Tagiades gana  MOORE, 1866
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI

Tagiades gana  Ultapani, Assam, India Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
The genus Tagiades comprises of between 17-20 species, of which one is pan-African and two are endemic to Madagascar. The remainder are Oriental in distribution, although 2 species japetus and nestus reach Australia. The butterflies are popularly known as Snow Flats because of the pure white patches on the hindwings of many species, and the flat resting posture. The most widely distributed species is japetus, which is found from India to Australia.
There are 6 species which can be found on the Indian subcontinent - gana, japetus, litigiosa, parra, menaka and toba.
Tagiades gana is found in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, south China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Java.
Habitats
This species is found in rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between about 200-1000m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplant is Dioscorea ( Dioscoreaceae ).
Adult behaviour

Males spend most of their time perched under the leaves of trees and bushes, periodically darting out to intercept passing butterflies in the expectation of finding a receptive female. Both sexes frequently nectar at the flowers of various bushes and trees.

 

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