Hestina assimilis

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Hestina assimilis
Hestia assimilis 2 CRW 5254-16.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Hestina
Species: H. assimilis
Binomial name
Hestina assimilis
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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]


In Tokyo

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.


  1. ^ "Hestina Westwood, [1850]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Butterflies of the World, H. L. Lewis, (C) 1973, Lionel Leventhal Ltd.
  3. ^ https://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/rainforest/9003/striped.htm&date=2009-10-26+01:23:18