Thursday, 4 February 2016

160. Heliophorus epicles latilimbata (The Common Purple Sapphire)

Number: 160
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Lycaeniinae
Species: Heliophorus epicles latilimbata (Fruhstorfer, 1908)
Common name(s): The Common Purple Sapphire
Photography locations: Ba Vi foothills (Hanoi)

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

Heliophorus epicles ranges from N.India to Indonesia. The subspecies latilimbata is known from Nepal, N.India, Bhutan, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam (N. & C.), S.China, Peninsular Malaysia.

A worn male Heliophorus epicles, Ba Vi (December 2016)
Purple area occupying less than 2/3 of FW (much more 2/3 in H. delacouri), FW with an obscure orange subapical patch beyond the cell (not always present)

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