Saturday, 28 January 2017

242. Heliophorus brahma major (The Golden Sapphire)

Number: 242
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Lycaeniinae
Species: Heliophorus brahma major Evans, 1932
Common name(s): The Golden Sapphire
Photography locations: Ô Quy Hô pass (Tam Đường District, Lai Chau Prov.)

Heliophorus brahma is a Sapphire species restricted in Vietnam to the northwest of the country - like H. kohimensis and H. eventa.
This nice Sino-Himalayan species ranges through N.India, N.Myanmar, N.Thailand, N.Vietnam, S.China (Yunnan). Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016) recorded it from Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Phu Tho Provinces.

Heliophorus brahma major, male - Lai Chau, below Ô Quy Hô pass, 1800m asl (January 2017)

The upperwings of male are brilliant-shining golden copper

Male, underwing pattern

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