Thursday, 12 May 2016

170. Tongeia potanini potanini (The Dark Cupid)

Number: 170
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Polyommatiinae
Species: Tongeia potanini potanini (Alphéraky, 1889)
Common name(s): The Dark Cupid
Photography location: Cuc Phuong N.P. (Ninh Binh Prov.)

Two species of Tongeia are known from Vietnam (Monastyrskii  & Devyatkin, 2016): T. potanini (subsp. potanini in the North, subsp. umbriel in Central VN) and T. ion (North only).

Tongeia potanini puddling on the forest floor (May 2016, Cuc Phuong N.P.)
Note the two prominent orange-crowned tornal spots in spaces 2 and 3, the black postdiscal spots
conjoined on both wings

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