Orange and Malay Lacewing Butterflies Cethosia penthesilea and Cethosia hypsea

Orange Lacewing Butterfly
Orange Lacewing Butterfly
Orange Lacewing Butterfly
The Orange Lacewing is native to Southeast Asia and Australasia. Although it is unpalatable to predators itself, both male and female also mimic the Plain Tiger Danaid to reinforce the warning. The butterflies shown above are thought to be male Orange Lacewings. The topside is very similar to the Malay Lacewing, but the Malay usually has much more black at the top of the forewings. The female Orange Lacewing is similar but a little paler orange.
Malay Lacewing Butterfly
Malay Lacewing Butterfly
The Malay Lacewing Butterfly, shown above, is native to the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines and southern Burma. There are a number of subspecies throughout its range, the most well-known being C. hypsea hypsina of Burma to Singapore. The topside of the male is similar to those shown at the top of this page, but with a denser black border also at the top of the forewings. The topside of the female Malay is paler and with an extra, white triangle on the forewing at the top edge of the orange area. The underside is more different: strong red and pale grey-blue on the forewing, only one white bar on the outer hind wing (unlike the other Lacewings) and a strong red central area with a distinct "mountain peak."