Sunday, 30 August 2015

127. Suada albolineata (The Streaky Grass Bob)

Number: 127
Family: Hesperiidae
Sub-Family: Hesperiinae
Species: Suada albolineata Devyatkin, 2000
Common name(s): The Streaky Grass Bob
Photography location: Huu Lien N.R. (Lang Son Prov.), Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

This species is most closely related to S. swerga (De Niceville, [1884]), the upperside pattern of both species being practically identical. Fresh specimens of S. albolineata can be easily distinguished by the strikingly contrasting veins of the underside; for worn specimens examination of the genitalia is helpful.
I have founded this newly described species at Huu Lien and Tam Dao. It seems to be widely distributed all over the country, its distribution thus overlapping with that of its close rela­tive S. swerga (Devyatkin and al., 2003).

ID credit: A.L. Monastyrskii
(Huu Lien N.R.)

 Another individual, from foothills of Tam Dao, basking in the sun in dense forest.


A third specimen, from Tam Dao also, photographed on April 2016

References: Devyatkin, A. L. (2000): Hesperiidae of Vietnam, 6. Two new species of the genera Suada de Niceville, 1895 and Quedara Sw inhoe, 1907 (Lepidoptera, Hesperiidae) – PDF here.

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