Wednesday, 29 July 2015

47. Ariadne ariadne pallidior (The Angled Castor)

Number: 47
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Biblidiinae
Species: Ariadne ariadne pallidior (Fruhstorfer, 1899)
Common name(s): The Angled Castor
Photography location: Hanoi City

Very similar to A. merione (The Common Castor), by UP with a single dark line crossing both fore and hind wings just beyond the cell - two black lines in A. merione.
A third Ariadne species is recorded in Vietnam : A. specularia (only in the South, whereas the 2 others are widespread).

 Ariadne ariadne is a common sight  in disturbed habitats from forest clearing to wasteland

 Ariadne ariadne caterpillar on Ricinus communis (Hanoi, August 2016)

The castor plant (Ricinus communis) is the most common host and gives the butterfly its name

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