Wednesday, 5 August 2015

73. Cethosia biblis biblis (The Red Lacewing)

Number: 73
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Heliconiinae
Species: Cethosia biblis biblis (Drury, 1773)
Common name(s): The Red 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 biblis is a wide ranging species recorded from India to Borneo and north to N/E.China.

Male Cethosia biblis, dorsal view
Underwing is bright reddish-orange, FW black at apical half, with horsehoe-shaped subapical white markings, a series of postdiscal spots and a series of paler submarginal lunules

Male Cethosia biblis, astonishing underwing pattern

Female Cethosia biblis
Upperwing is grayish-brownish with similar markings than male

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