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Thread: Hedge Blue. Udara sp?

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    Default Hedge Blue. Udara sp?

    Two images of same individual, from Nam Nao, northern Thailand.
    From the width of the dark borders on the upperwing I assume this is a female. Underwing pattern is typical of Udara Hedge Blues, but the arc of discal spots in the upperwing does not match Common Hedge Blue U.puspa. Also seems rather dark.
    Not really sure which species this is. U. melaena?
    Or maybe Celastrina argiolus iynteana (Up FW matches but spots on HW seem too large for Celastrina).
    Images of females are often lacking in the literature which does not help....
    Many thanks

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    Celastrina lavendularis.

    Acytolepis have a black spot at the base of HW space 7. FW spot arrangement varies.
    A. puspa.
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wr1NdZtyFb...onathan_01.jpg
    https://wingscales.com/content/record/8-1-960e7.jpg

    Celastrina lavendularis is recognised by its darker ,greyer underside with the black spots ringed in white.
    http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/med...kare_aq900.jpg
    http://www.samuibutterflies.com/02_i.../underside.jpg

    TL Seow: Cheers.
    Last edited by Psyche; 10-Oct-2017 at 08:31 PM.

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    Many thanks for the clarification

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