Tuesday, 4 August 2015

71. Cethosia cyane cyane (The Leopard Lacewing)

Number: 71
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Heliconiinae
Species: Cethosia cyane cyane (Drury, 1773)
Common name(s): The Leopard Lacewing
Photography location: Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Prov.) 

The genus Cethosia (Lacewings") comprises around 14 species, of which 2 are known to occur in Vietnam - biblis and cyane.  
Cethosia cyane ranges from India to Malay Peninsula, S.China.

Male Cethosia cyane visiting a Bidens flower

The male is orange with apical two-thirds of the forewing black with a white and oblique band lying within

Male Cethosia cyane feeding on Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, showing its very nice underwing pattern

A female showing its upperside visiting Lantana flowers
The female is mostly similar but with the orange background replaced with a pale yellowish to whitish coloration, and hindwing endowed with more discal and postdiscal black spots

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