Butterflies of the
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI
Ultapani, Assam, India
© Adrian Hoskins
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 -
menaka and toba.
Tagiades latigiosa is found in India,
Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand and northern Malaysia.
This species is found in
rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations between about
The larval foodplant is Dioscorea (
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.