Tuesday, 3 May 2016

167. Tagiades litigiosa (The Water Snow Flat)

Number: 167
Family: Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Pyrgiinae
Species: Tagiades litigiosa Möschler, 1878
Common name(s): The Water Snow Flat
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

Tagiades butterflies are popularly known as Snow Flats because of the pure white patches on the hindwings of many species, and the flat resting posture. The genus comprises 17 known species. According to Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016), 7 have been recorded in Vietnam: japetus, gana, hybridus, parra, litigiosa, menaka & cohaerens.

Tagiades litigiosa (female) roosting upside down under leaves (Tam Dao, September 2013)

Another female sipping nectar from Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (Tam Dao, August 2016)

Male Tagiades litigiosa feeding on Bidens flower (Tam Dao, October 2016)

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