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Hestina assimilis

Hestina assimilis

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea

Familia: Nymphalidae
Subfamilia: Apaturinae
Species: Hestina assimilis
Subspecies: H. a. assimilis – H. a. formosana – H. a. shirakii

Hestina assimilis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Basionym: Papilio assimilis Linnaeus, 1758
Hestina nigrivena Leech, 1890

Primary references

Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Editio Decima, Reformata. Tomus I. Holmiæ (Stockholm): impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii. 824 pp. DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.542 BHL p. 479 BHL Reference page.

ZooBank: 7FA1D09B-A11E-49AC-BD0A-D9D331CFE49F

Vernacular names
English: Painted Courtesan
日本語: アカボシゴマダラ

Hestina assimilis, the red ring skirt, is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae found in Asia. It is generally of large size. There are several subspecies: H. a. assimilis, H. a. formosana (Moore, H. a. shirakii (Shirozu, 1955), and H. a. f. nigrivena (Leech)[1]

H. assimilis is found from eastern Tibet to most all of China, in Hong Kong and in Korea.[2]


H. assimilis often uses its long proboscis to probe in muddy soil or gravel to get the moisture it needs.[3] The male is strongly territorial, always staying in high positions to defend its territory.


"Hestina Westwood, [1850]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
Butterflies of the World, H. L. Lewis, (C) 1973, Lionel Leventhal Ltd.

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