Butterflies of the
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Zemeros flegyas Ultapani, Assam, India ©
very attractive little butterfly, and its relative
emesoides are the only two species in
the genus Zemeros.
Zemeros flegyas is a common and
widespread butterfly found in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos,
Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi and Bali.
Zemeros flegyas Buxa, West Bengal,
This species is found in forest edge habitats at elevations between
0-1800m but is most abundant between about 300-1200m.
Buxa, West Bengal, India
The egg is white,
smooth, and laid singly on the underside of leaves of the foodplants
Maesa chisia and
montana ( Myrsinaceae ).The larva is ovoid and very
flattened. Each body segment is rounded, giving it a corrugated
appearance. It is pale green in all instars, and covered in short
setae. The chrysalis is smooth and light green in colour, marked
with small suffused dark spots and dashes. It is attached by a
silken girdle to the underside of a leaf.
This butterfly is
usually encountered in one's and two's in forest edge habitats,
including roadsides and regenerating clearings. There is some
evidence of possible lekking behaviour however, e.g. at Chilapata in
West Bengal I found a group of 8 worn specimens of
flegyas basking close together on
foliage, all within an area of less than 1 sq metre. The same 8
individuals were still present at this spot 3 days later. Males
sometimes imbibe moisture from the ground, but are usually seen when
perched on foliage in their characteristic posture, with wings held
half open and with the forewings canted forward.
Zemeros flegyas male, Chilapata, West Bengal, India ©