Thursday, 15 December 2016

223. Yasoda tripunctata atrinotata (The Three-spot Yamfly)

Number: 223
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family : Thecliinae
Species: Yasoda tripunctata atrinotata Fruhstorfer, [1912]
Common name(s): The Three-spot Yamfly, The Branded Yamfly
Photography locations: Huu Lien N.R. (Lang Son Prov.), Ba Vi N.P. (Hanoi)

With its yellowish underwings, reddish orange upperwings and long white-tipped tail at vein 2, it supperficially looks like Loxura atymnus but you would notice the different shape of forewings, the black head, the different black markings on upperwings etc.

According to Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016), 2 Yasoda species have been recorded in Vietnam: Y. tripunctata atrinotata and Y. androconifera. The former is widespread whereas the latter is only known from some localities in the North.

 Yasoda tripunctata atrinotata, Huu Lien, October 2016

Yasoda tripunctata, showing the upperside distinctive pattern of its wings (Ba Vi, April 2017)

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