Butterflies of the
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
Mumbai, India ©
There are 8 species in the
genus Talicada -
and nyseus; all of which are Oriental
On the upper
surface, the wings of Talicada nyseus
are black, with a broad orange band on the hindwings that
corresponds with the red makings on the underside.
Talicada nyseus is distributed from
India and Sri Lanka to Burma, Thailand and South Vietnam.
This is a forest edge species,
found at altitudes up to about 2000m, but is most commonly met with
in hill forest habitats between 300-800m above sea level.
The caterpillars spend their entire lives living and feeding within
blister mines, between the cuticle of leaves of
Kalanchoe ( Crassulaceae ).
The chrysalis is
cream coloured, with rows of black spots along the back and sides,
and is covered with short soft bristles. It is suspended by the
cremaster from twigs or stems.
Males can sometimes be found
mud-puddling, but both sexes are more commonly seen perching on low
growing foliage. In hazy sunshine or warm overcast conditions they
bask with the wings held half open, but hold them erect in full
sunshine, or when at rest.