Males are usually encountered
singly or sometimes in two's or three's when
imbibing moisture from urine-soaked sand, damp rocks or wet foliage.
These feeding sites are usually within the forest, at light gaps or on
wide trails, although the butterflies will also visit open sandbanks.
I have also seen them at rotting fruit and dung, often in the company
of huge 3cm long ants, which totally ignore the butterflies. This
suggests that Pyrrhogyra adults may
possibly disseminate pheromones which have a pacifying effect on ants.
are seen less frequently, usually when basking on low foliage between
egg-laying sessions, or when visiting flowers.
disturbed the butterflies fly off rapidly, and hide upside-down
beneath leaves on bushes or young saplings, usually no more than a
metre from the ground. They also go to roost in similar situations
overnight or in dull or wet weather.