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Chilades cleotas (Guérin-Méneville 1831)

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Chilades


Chilades cleotas is sometimes placed in Luthrodes Druce (viewed here as a subjective junior synonym). The species ranges from islands west of New Guinea to the New Hebrides and Solomon Is. Larvae feed on cycads and can be quite destructive of their hostplants. It is probable that, like the neotropical hairstreak genus Eumaeus, the larvae are able to sequester azoxyglycosides from the cycads and to employ them as a chemical defense. The large orange patches on the wings, apparent gregariousness (see photo) and slow, bobbing flight described by Parsons (1999) would all suggest that the butterflies are chemically defended from predation.

Other Names for Chilades cleotas (Guérin-Méneville 1831)


Parsons, M. 1999 The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. San Diego: Academic Press.

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Scientific Name Chilades cleotas
Location Efate Island, Vanuatu
Comments Eggs are visible as small whitish dots on central vein of Cycas fronds.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Andrew V. Z. Brower
Behavior ovipositing females
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage adults and eggs
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