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Tribe Biblidini

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Biblidinae (Tropical Brushfoots)
Tribe Biblidini
10 genera (5 Ethiopian tropics; 1 Oriental tropics; 4 Neotropics)

Two genera have been recorded within the United States, and none reach Canada.
Diverse in adult coloration, but small size and swollen bases of main veins on front wings are characteristic. Eggs are roughly globose, ribbed, with prominent slender, almost hair-like "spines" and are thus very distinctive and ornate; somewhat remeniscent of Limenitidine eggs, but those are not ribbed, rather bearing a surface pattern of polygons (mostly hexagonal). Larvae bear rows of spines with side branches, including a mid-dorsal row, and also bear long slightly bent clubbed appendages on the head that also bear short lateral spines.

Other members of the Biblidinae mostly do not have as strongly swollen forwing veins, and do not have spines on the ova.
Where known, larvae feed mostly on Noseburn (Tragia species) or Bowtie Vine (Dalechampia); some use other Euphorbiaceae.
Several species are mimics of Longwings or Limenitidines with striking coloration, while others are relatively dull pale or brownish in coloration without striking markings.

Evidence from recent molecular studies support this tribe as being a well-supported natural grouping.