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Butterflies of Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo
Common Evening Brown
Melanitis leda  LINNAEUS, 1758
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe -
Melanitis leda  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Melanitis comprises of 12 species, commonly known as Evening Browns due to their preference for flying after dark.
Melanitis leda is the most widespread member of the genus, being found across most of Africa including Madagascar, Arabia, the Indian subcontinent, south-east Asia and northern Australia.
Habitats
Melanitis leda is found in degraded forest, plantations, orchards, parks and gardens at altitudes between sea level and about 800m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants include the grasses Apluda, Orzya, Saccarum, Paspalum, Stenotaphrum, Imperata, Panicum and Sorghum.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are normally found singly, when disturbed from their resting places in the forest undergrowth. They fly mainly in the early part of the evening and often enter houses, attracted by artificial lighting.

 

 

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