Wednesday 29 July 2015

52. Heliophorus delacouri (The Delacour's Sapphire)

Number: 52
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Lycaeniinae
Species: Heliophorus delacouri Eliot, 1963
Common name(s): The Delacour's Sapphire (? no official English name)
Photography locations: Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Prov.), Ba Vi N.P. (Hanoi)

Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016) listed 8 Heliophorus species in Vietnam viz. kohimensis, delacouri, ila, epicles, indicus, smaragdinus, brahma and eventa.

Heliophorus delacouri is a restricted range species known from Vietnam (N. & S.) and S.-E. China.

Heliophorus delacouri, male (from Ba Vi)

Heliophorus delacouri, same specimen, upperside
Purple area occupying much more than 2/3 of FW (less than 2/3 in H. epicles)

Another male, from Tam Dao foothills (November 2016)

A supposed female Heliophorus delacouri (Ba Vi, December 2016)

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