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    Default ID for few Butterflies from Bhutan

    I am posting these on behalf of my friend Tshulthrim Drukpa Wangyel on his request. He has shot these butterfly pictures in Bhutan.

    I presume the images numbered 1,2 & 3 are of a single individual.

    6,7 & 8 are of different, but single individual. (He told me so.)


    ID help is appreciated.



    1.
    TS6b by GKBaliga, on Flickr

    2.
    TS6a by GKBaliga, on Flickr

    3.
    Ts6 by GKBaliga, on Flickr

    4.
    TS5 by GKBaliga, on Flickr


    5.
    TS4 by GKBaliga, on Flickr


    6.
    Ts3 by GKBaliga, on Flickr


    7.
    TS2 by GKBaliga, on Flickr


    8.
    Ts1 by GKBaliga, on Flickr
    Regards gkbaliga

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    1, 2, 3, Baoris chapmani.
    The broad sweeping curved margin FW is that of Baoris.
    B. chapmani have a few FW spots.
    B. unicolor have no FW spot.


    4. Scobura isota. Two HW spots.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...14069513-3.jpg
    S. cephala should be like this.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/hes/91670001.html

    5. Probably Onryza maga. Plain Bush Hopper. Both O. meiktila & siamica are too far south. [ Correction as O. siamica removed.]
    Evans described Ampittia maga in which he state the UnH is entirely yellow.
    Range given Central China, Malay Peninsula (error) & a ssp in Formosa(Taiwan).
    This is now known as Onryza maga, the Taiwanese ssp is below.
    http://www.vel.cc/in.asp?i=338

    6, 7, 8, should be Rapala scintilla.
    R. scintilla is the only Rapala species in which the HW is blue shot, the rest being steely blue.
    Others are blueshot on both wings or only steely blue.

    Very rarely shot. Range extend into Nepal.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/83920001.html
    Peninsular Malaysia.
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dCmHFjgixf...0/DSC_0266.JPG

    TL Seow: Cheers.
    PS. Evans' article on Hesperiids state Onryza siamica & meiktila dsf have UnH plain ochreous. O. siamica is a more northerly species.
    Last edited by Psyche; 07-Aug-2018 at 10:19 PM.

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    ID Correction

    5 is likely to be dsf Onryza maga . It is the most northerly species & Bhutan is next door to China.
    The 3 large subapical spots also resembles it closely.
    THe other two have a different look.

    https://wingscales.com/Hesperiidae/Onryza-siamica
    https://www.thaibutterflies.com/Butt...ryza-meiktila/

    TL Seow: Cheers.

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    Rapala scintilla!! Your images show Dr Seow's description of "blue-shot hindwings and steely blue forewings" very beautifully. From photographs of the set specimens it is impossible to see these subtleties in colouration.

    While it is clear that the uppersides of these male Rapala are vital for identifying them, I was wondering... what if we're dealing with females? Many of them are a featureless brown above. (Or, are there differences that I'm simply overlooking?)
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    Thank you very much on behalf of Tshulthrim Drukpa Wangyel and myself Dr. Seow.

    These are some species which are difficult to identify by most common people like us.

    Your observation and questions raise interest and curiosity in the images eh Jonathan. Happy Butterflying.
    Regards gkbaliga

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    Good day Dr. Seow

    Mr. Tshulthrim Drukpa Wangyel wonders whether the following image could be female of the same Rapala Species posted earlier namely Rapala scintilla.
    He says he had shot the image around the same time of shooting other three images, but may be a kilometer away from where he had shot the other individual.

    He however regrets he could not get the upper view of this one.

    9.Rapala by GKBaliga, on Flickr
    Regards gkbaliga

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    Post 6.
    The hindwing band/line is more or less entire & straight.
    In the male R. scintilla above it is dislocated at several points.

    This should be the female Rapala nissa.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/1004/Rapala-nissa


    TL Seow: Cheers.

    PS. Rapala rectivitta is very similar but both FW & HW bands are very straight & thicker.
    http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/...ala-rectivitta
    http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/med...e7f4217d-2.jpg
    Last edited by Psyche; 09-Aug-2018 at 07:34 AM.

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    Thank you so much for educating us Dr. Seow.
    Regards gkbaliga

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    From the looks of it, the one in post #6 could also be Rapala buxaria. Not sure what the distinguishing features are
    Aaron Soh

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    Quote Originally Posted by atronox View Post
    From the looks of it, the one in post #6 could also be Rapala buxaria. Not sure what the distinguishing features are
    Rapala buxaria is a synonym of R. rectivitta.
    https://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Rapala_rectivitta
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/lyc4/83960001.html

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