Tuesday, 8 September 2015

138. Notocrypta curvifascia curvifascia (The Restricted Demon)

Number: 138
Family: Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Hesperiinae
Species: Notocrypta curvifascia curvifascia (Felder & Felder, 1862)
Common name(s): The Restricted Demon
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.), Tam Đường District (Lai Chau Prov.)

The genus Notocrypta (the "Demons") comprises 13 species, among them 4 have been recorded in Vietnam: N. paralysos asawa, N. clavata theba, N. curvifascia curvifascia & N. feisthamelii alysos (Monastyrskii & Devyatkin, 2016). All are blackish brown species with an oblique white band and white spot(s) on FW.

Notocrypta curvifascia curvifascia, Tam Dao foothills (July 2016)
FW with subapical spots in spaces 6 to 8, and dots in spaces 3-5

Another specimen from Tam Dao (October 2016)

Same specimen
Note that the FW discal band not continued above the cell to the costal border (unlike N. feisthamelii)

N. curvifascia feeding on Crassocephalum rubens (Lai Chau Prov., January 2017) - more colourful than the individuals I usually see at Tam Dao

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