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    Default ID help for Rapala

    Dear Dr Seow, please help ID this Rapala shot at USR on 17 June. Thanks in advance!

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    Rapala dieneces female.

    Three Rapala species which are closedly related are very similar & confusing in the past.
    Their underside colouration varies greatly, & becomes very confusing as few uppersides are ever taken.


    Rapala dieneces. Underside colour variable.
    FW band usually quite straight but may also be moderately curved towards the costa.
    HW orange crown prominent often extending into the adjacent spaces .
    Males.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Nq8JtCdenz...rlet+Flash.jpg
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ca3djKvy5N...rlet+Flash.jpg
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KIPhHY0XrS...+dieneces).jpg
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...ash---Khew.jpg
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/2/1070/1...cc7bf46be7.jpg
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XfgDly7ApO...ed%2BFlash.jpg
    Females.
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2891/3...8ecd103c_c.jpg
    https://wanderingbutterflyeffect.fil...80085a860f.jpg
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...20-%20Chng.jpg
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...llen%20Tan.JPG
    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5474/...d92f210a_c.jpg


    Rapala suffusa. Underside coulur dull pale ochreous to deep chrome.
    FW band strongly bent or curved in towards the costa.
    HW orange crown not noticeable, being yellow & blending into the ground colour.
    Males.
    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4183/3...2df61430_c.jpg
    https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7376/9...452d3eda_b.jpg
    https://alanowyong.files.wordpress.c...-001.jpg?w=604
    https://alanowyong.files.wordpress.c...8/p8118701.jpg
    Females.
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...Sunny-Chir.jpg
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3301/...126294c2e6.jpg
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-66Xxi-yYPL...ash-SunnyC.png
    https://wanderingbutterflyeffect.fil...used-flash.jpg
    https://florafaunaweb.nparks.gov.sg/...ef..jpg&photo=



    Rapala damona; Underside deep ochreous/orangey brown in male, much paler in the female.
    FW band curved in near the costa.
    HW orange crown confined to space 2 around the black spot, not prominent in the male ; in female better defined.
    Males.
    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4600/...0662737f_c.jpg
    https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4683/...dd77b589_c.jpg
    https://static.inaturalist.org/photo...jpg?1493824479
    http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/med...b5225641-2.jpg
    Female.
    http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/med...9ccf15f7-2.jpg
    http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/3154/Rapala-damona

    A 4th species of this group R. cowani ,in which the underside is grey is found on Pulau Ubin.

    TL Seow: Cheers.
    Last edited by Psyche; 19-Jun-2018 at 03:01 PM. Reason: add. pix.

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    Thanks Dr Seow!

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