Friday, 24 July 2015

21. Neope muirheadi lahittei (The Black-spotted Labyrinth)

Number: 21
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Satyriinae
Species: Neope muirheadi lahittei (Janet,1894)
Common name(s): The Black-spotted Labyrinth
Photography locations: Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.), Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Prov.), Ba Vi N.P. (Hanoi)

The genus Neope is represented in Vietnam by 6 species (and 7 taxa) - pulaha, armandii, muirheadi, bhadra, yama and oberthuri (Monastyrskii & Devyatkin, 2016).

In Vietnam, Neope muirheadi is only known from the north of the country and represented by 2 subspecies: N. muirheadi lahittei (Ninh Binh, Vinh Phuc, Bac Can) & N. muirheadi segonax (Lao Cai).
This species in often seen in the vicinity off bamboo – larvae feed on representative of genera Arundinaria, Bambusa, Phyllostachys

Neope muirheadi lahittei (Ba Vi, April 2017)

Neope muirheadi lahittei poses nicely while sucking the sweat from my net handle (Cuc Phuong, 200m asl, June 2013)

A specimen from Tam Dao foothills, June 2016

A fourth one, from Tam Dao (900m asl, June 2016)

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