Wednesday, 1 February 2017

245. Abisara freda (The Lesser Judy)

Number: 245
Family: Riodiniidae
Sub-Family: Riodiniinae
Species: Abisara freda Bennett, 1957
Common name(s): The Lesser Judy
Photography location: Ô Quy Hô pass (Tam Đường District, Lai Chau Prov.)

According to Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016), 11 Abisara species are currently known from Vietnam.
Abisara freda ranges from Myanmar through N.Thailand and N.Laos to N.Vietnam. In Vietnam, this Riodinid is only recorded from the Hoang Lien Son range (the Fansipan massif), especially Sa Pa District (Lao Cai Prov.). The butterfly fauna in this area is characterized by a great number of Sino-Himalayan species.

Abisara freda, photographed in scrub-shrub habitat below Ô Quy Hô pass, 1800m asl
(Tam Đường District, Lai Chau Prov., January 2017)

Same specimen

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