Mycalesis orseis nautilus

Butler 1867 - The Purple Bushbrown

Koh Samui only.

A rare species on the Islands, only encountered a couple of times, both times at the edge of dense forest.

It can be distinguished from the other members of the mineus subgroup by, on the underside hindwing, having the ocelli of approximately the same size.

Flight Period

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40 - 50mm.

Early Stages

Partially known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.2 , Page 426.

Larval Foodplant

Cyrtococcum patens (Gramineae)


Peninsular Thailand and West Malaysia. Other subspecies in the rest of Sundaland.