Thauria aliris pseudaliris
Butler 1877 - The Tufted Jungleking
Koh Samui only.
A very large species of the deep forest, seen flying along forest paths. When disturbed, it disappears quickly into the undergrowth, where it settles on leaf litter, and disappears completely, owing to its underside markings which provide superb camouflage.
A common species where its habitat occurs.
It can be approached while feeding on the fermenting sugars of fallen fruits, when it will often become 'mao' (drunk)! Otherwise it is a very wary species, difficult to get close to.
90 - 120mm
Only partially known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.1 , Page 371.
Peninsular Thailand and Malaysia. (Other subspecies from Burma, Northern Thailand and Borneo).