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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Himalayan Five-Ring
Ypthima sakra  MOORE, 1857
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - SATYRINA
Ypthima sakra  Darjeeling, India Haraprasan Nayak
Introduction
The genus Ypthima comprises of 108 known species. 16 of these are restricted to the Afrotropical region. One is found only in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Most of the remainder are found in various parts of the Oriental region. The species with the widest distribution is asterope, which is found in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon, and on the Indian sub-continent.
Ypthima are instantly recognisable as a group. All are marked with fine striations on the underside, and possess a submarginal series of yellow-ringed black ocelli.
Ypthima sakra is found in northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and south-west China.
Habitats
This species is found in grassy forest edge habitats and secondary growth, at elevations between about 500-2000 metres.
Lifecycle
The larvae feed nocturnally on grasses.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes prefer flying in overcast weather, and are not averse to flying in light rain. They can be found basking on leaf litter or low herbage, but are quite nervous in behaviour; and if disturbed tend to spend a considerable time fluttering about close to the ground before eventually settling.

 

 

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