Aldania Mimic

Scientific Name
Aldania imitans
OBERTH�R, 1897
Specie in
Family
Aldania imitans Yunnan, China – Andrew Neild
Aldania imitans Yunnan, China – Andrew Neild

Introduction

The genus Aldania comprises of 7 species, found variously in China, Tibet, Amur, Ussuri, Korea or Taiwan. Aldania thisbe, themis, ilos, yunnana and deliquata are black with white or yellow horizontal bands and closely resemble members of the genus Neptis in which they were originally classified. The two remaining species are atypical in appearance – raddei is translucent greyish and virtually unmarked except for the veins which are picked out in black; while imitans is coloured and marked in a manner which strongly suggests it is a Batesian mimic of the toxic Danaine Parantica sita.

Aldania imitans is endemic to the Yunnan province of China.

Habitats

To be completed.

Lifecycle

I have no data regarding imitans, but certain other Aldania species are known to use Ulmus, Betula, and Quercus as their respective larval food plants.

Adult behaviour

Both sexes probably spend most of their lives in the canopy, but males are sometimes observed imbibing mineralized moisture from damp ground.

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Aldania imitans
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OBERTH�R, 1897
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