Butterflies of the
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
Chilapata, West Bengal, India
© Adrian Hoskins
genus Tanaecia comprises of about 30
species, found variously in India, Burma, Thailand, West Malaysia,
Sumatra, Borneo, south China, the Philippines, Java and Bali. Males
of most species are dark chocolate brown with broad slightly
metallic blue or green marginal bands, however these are replaced by
pale umber in lepidea. Females of all
species are paler and are patterned with a series of white or
greyish streaks, indented with dark chevrons.
Tanaecia lepidea is found in
India, Myanmar, Thailand and peninsular Malaysia.
species inhabits rainforest and humid deciduous forest at elevations
between about 0-600m.
foodplants include Careya (
Lethycidaceae ) and Melastoma (
Males often descend
from the trees to bask on foliage or among leaf litter on the forest
floor, but are very alert and easily disturbed.