Friday, 29 July 2016

186. Matapa cresta (The Fringed Branded Redeye)

Number: 186
Family: Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Hesperiinae
Species: Matapa cresta Evans, 1949
Common name(s): The Fringed Branded Redeye 
Photography location: Tam Dao foothills (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

The skipper genus Matapa, described by Moore in 1881 with Ismene aria  Moore, 1866 as the type species, is a small group of the family Hesperiidae. The members of the genus share the following  characters: the eyes are red, wings are dark brown above and below without spots in both sexes, the  hindwing cell at vein M3 is acutely produced, the males of all but M. deprivata  have a stigma on the  upperside of the forewing in spaces Cu1 and Cu2. The genus is comprised of 9 species, which occur  mainly in Oriental region. The species have interesting habits, probably all being mainly crepuscular (de Jong, 1983).
Four species of Matapa are recorded from Vietnam: cresta, aria, druna and sasivarna.

Photo taken without flash - with flash, it really alter its appearance. Lost a lot of sharpness (area very dark, so very high ISO settings) but it doesn't matter, photo looks more natural! Note the extensive pale area on the underside of forewing, distinctly lighter than ground colour. Basal part of hindwing also paler, but less conspicuously

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