Cethosia methypsea methypsea

Butler 1879 - The Orange Lacewing

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

Not uncommon within open forest and forest edges. It is approaching its northernmost part of its range on the Islands. It is similar to Cethosia hypsea, but can be distinguished by the small white subapical spots on the forewing, which are absent on C. hypsea.

This species was previously considered a subspecies of C. penthesilia, but that species is now considered only to be found in the Papuan/Australian region.

Flight Period



60 - 80mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.2 , Page 453.

Larval Foodplant

Adenia heterophylla (Passifloraceae)


Peninsular Thailand and mainland Malaysia. Other subspecies on Sumatra, Java and Lesser Sunda Islands.