Thursday, 23 July 2015

16. Sumalia zulema (The Scarce White Commodore)

Number: 16
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Limenitidiinae
Species: Sumalia zulema (Doubleday, 1848)
Common name(s): The Scarce White Commodore
Photography location: Xuan Son N.P. (Phu Tho Prov.)

Four species of Sumalia are currently known viz. S. chilo, S. agneya, S. daraxa & S. zulema - the two latter recorded in Vietnam.
S. zulema ranges from the East Himalayas to the North Indochina region. In Vietnam, S. zulema is scarcer than S. daraxa. It is known from some localities in the north and center of the country.

Male Sumalia zulema found along a stream in pristine forest - Xuan Son (300m asl), June 2014

Same male specimen
Female have broader discal band

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