Thailand, Malaysia & Borneo
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
This very attractive little butterfly, and its relative
emesoides are the only 2 species in the
Zemeros flegyas is found in India,
Myanmar, Thailand, West Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi
This species is found in forest edge habitats at elevations between
0-1800m but is most abundant between about 500-1200m.
The egg is white,
smooth, and laid singly on the underside of leaves of the foodplants
Maesa chisia and
M. montana ( Myrsinaceae ).
The caterpillar 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
green spots and dashes. It is attached by a silken girdle to the
underside of a leaf.
Both sexes are
invariably encountered singly, usually in open forest edge habitats,
including in quarries, regenerating forest clearings, along
roadsides and in village gardens. They often visit flowers, either
at ground level or on bushes.
imbibe moisture from the ground, but are usually seen when perched
on foliage in their characteristic posture, with wings held half
open and the forewings canted forward.