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30-Apr-2007, 08:54 PM
Encountered this flat at MNT. Is this Tagiades ultra?
My only doubt is in the lack of white patches between dark spots at the hindwing tornal area.


Sky Blue
30-Apr-2007, 11:15 PM
I do think that this one is Tagiades ultra

30-Apr-2007, 11:41 PM
Might be a Tagiades litigiosus litigiosus (Water Snow Flat)....:jumjoy: look like species #280.

C&P 4 pg 344

Key for separation of the species of Tagiades:

para 16: Upper hindwing tonal area reaches above vein 4: marginal spots at the end of veins 1b,2 and 3 subequal,ill defined and usually conjoined .

Horace shot match Plate 53 fig 27 except for the white abdomen.

specimens IDed as Tagiades litigiosus and have white abdomen are as follows:

Tagiiades at HK site (http://www.ee.cuhk.edu.hk/%7Eckfong/Butterfly/Hesperiidae/Water%20Snow%20Flat/CRW_3780a.jpg)

Tagiiades litigiosus at Thaibug site (http://thaibugs.com/Butspecs/Hesperidae-Tagiades-litigio.jpg)


01-May-2007, 12:39 AM
Thanks, Sunny for the investigating work for this other Tagiades species.
Looking at the plate for T. litigiosus at http://www.hkls.org/butt-hesperiidae.html#
it seems that only the female has this feature that the hindwing marginal spots are "fused" together. I just wonder whether the same is true for T. ultra that the two sexes have such a distinction?