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Thread: Confirmation of ID - Paranaa apostata

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    Default Confirmation of ID - Paranaa apostata

    Photographed in Mae Hong Son, extreme nw Thailand. As no forewing cell spots and distinct hindwing spots, I can only make this a Parnara sp. I am guessing P. apostata, but it is not typical of my other images of this species. Comments appreciated please.

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    This is a typical male Parnara ganga.
    FW spot 3 (like an arrowhead) is close to the large spot 2 ,almost touching; HW spots wide.

    FOllowing Chiba & Eliot's key P. ganga lacks a HW spot 6.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/hes/93040001.html
    Typical examples here.
    http://butterfliesvietnam.blogspot.c...tal-swift.html
    http://www.samuibutterflies.com/expe...e/panaraganga/


    P. apostata formerly treaed as the dark form of guttata.
    Upperside very dark ; spots white , on HW in a stepladder arrangement; HW spot 6 usually present.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/hes/93020001.html
    http://nlliew66butterflies.blogspot....a-snellen.html

    P. guttata ;spots white; HW without a spot 6. FW with cellspots.
    http://dearlep.tw/species.html?namecode=345486


    P. bada; FW without cellspot ;HW spots small & irregular.
    http://yutaka.it-n.jp/hes/93050001.html
    http://nlliew66butterflies.blogspot....ada-moore.html
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r10tmE1ODK...rnara+bada.jpg

    There are many examples in which the spots are relatively large often with a large spot HW spot 6.
    There cause a lot of comfusion whether they are P. bada or ganga.
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/F...-08-22-001.jpg
    https://static.inaturalist.org/photo...jpg?1443780933
    https://www.thaibutterflies.com/wp-c...rnara-bada.jpg
    Following Chiba & Eliot's key these are P. bada with large HW spots.

    The big problem is that none of the references (eg. Yutaka) show examples of P. bada with large HW spots.


    TL Seow : Cheers.

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    Many thanks for the detailed clarification.

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