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    I attach a Mycalesis sp. photo. What intrigues me is the absence of the postdiscal line on the hindwing, which appears on nearly every species in the mineus sub-group.

    Any help with the ID?
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    It is M. mineus itself.
    The lower 3 but last big ocelli are in line, and the indentation line is sharp-angled in space 4 & 5 where the 2 small spots are.
    M. mineus often have the dark line obsolete.

    TL Seow

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    Thank you. I am still hoping to find M. distanti and M. visala hiding somewhere in my photos, and I was living in hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painted Jezebel View Post
    Thank you. I am still hoping to find M. distanti and M. visala hiding somewhere in my photos, and I was living in hope.
    What is known as M. intermedia distanti here is now M. distanti and the norminate ssp. becomes M. intermedia.

    I supposed only M. distanti is known in Samui.
    M. distanti wsf have 2 ocelli on the forewing , the lower one very large (larger than in mineus).
    The underside is usually heavily white-shaded ie the white striae broad.

    This is probably correct as M. intermedia.
    http://multiply.com/mu/nhuodd/image/...nmid=438408440
    M. distanti wsf would be rather similar.
    The only difference on the underside stated in C&P4 is the deeper indentation line into spot 4 & 5 in M. intermedia.

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    I had previously asked about this one and was told it was probably M. intermedia. Is it really M. distanti? If so, then I need to find M. intermedia instead as it is also found in the Thai peninsular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Painted Jezebel View Post
    I had previously asked about this one and was told it was probably M. intermedia. Is it really M. distanti? If so, then I need to find M. intermedia instead as it is also found in the Thai peninsular.
    Yes, this should be M. intermedia.
    The indentation line cuts deeper & wider into spots 4 & 5 .(Compare C&P4 plate 16/22 of M. distanti.)
    The wings are not heavily white shaded as in typical M. distanti (variable feature).
    Male of intermedia have the hindwing yellow brand fully covered by the hairpencil (not partly exposed as in M. distanti.)

    As stated in the text M. intermedia is common in Thailand & Myanmar.
    M. distanti would be considered uncommon.

    TL Seow

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    Thank you, again. At least I do not have to change anything on my site regarding this species.

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