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    You do have the elusive Stibochiona persephone.

    The original description by Staudinger is in German.
    https://archive.org/stream/deutschee...e/451/mode/1up

    Roughly translated, the male is deep black with a white short spot not far from the margin at the apex, white dots on the fringes (?cilia)& two vague blue spots in the middle cell of the forewing.

    It is amazing this is so rare that there are no images on the net.


    TL Seow: Cheers.

    PS. In Lepindex the taxon (taxonomic name) persephone is placed as a junior synonym of schoenbergi
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/dat...ch_type=starts

    There is an image of Stibochiona schoenbergi but it is nothing like the original description of S. persephone.
    https://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/S...caPlate115.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psyche View Post
    PS. In Lepindex the taxon (taxonomic name) persephone is placed as a junior synonym of schoenbergi
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/dat...ch_type=starts

    There is an image of Stibochiona schoenbergi but it is nothing like the original description of S. persephone.
    https://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/S...caPlate115.JPG
    I recall reading (but i can't rmb where) that persephone and schoenbergi are different sexes of the same species. D'abrera nicely shows the dimorphism but unfortunately i don't have it at hand at the moment
    Aaron Soh

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    Thanks guys! It is nice to see my claim of seeing S. persephone in the wild being supported by the literature! Persephone is an interesting character in Greek mythology, being tricked by Hades in becoming his wife as ruler of the underworld. Very fitting for a species so dark and elusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atronox View Post
    I recall reading (but i can't rmb where) that persephone and schoenbergi are different sexes of the same species. D'abrera nicely shows the dimorphism but unfortunately i don't have it at hand at the moment
    You are right. Staudinger described the female in the 2nd part as ' have brownish yellow wings with a burnt chrome yellow strongly violet band in front of the outer edge of the hindwing...etc.'

    Accordingly S. schoenbergi is the valid name & persephone is a junior synonym.


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    Thanks for sharing Lemon - wonderful shots and some very interesting butterflies you have found
    Will keep Mahua Waterfalls in mind.

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