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Thread: Jamides elpis - Confirmation of ID

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    Default Jamides elpis - Confirmation of ID

    All these images were taken on Doi Suthep, n Thailand this week, around 500 m, and all in the same general locality.

    Image 1 and 2 are the same individual. This butterfly first attracted my attention given the extensive orange crowns on the hindwing. Quite unlike the other Jamides I am familiar with in north Thailand. I am thinking that this is female J. elpis. Would that be correct please?

    Image 3 and 4 (same individual) I assume are J. alecto, which is common in n Thailand.

    Image 5 was in the same area and appears to have characteristics of both species. Until I saw this one I thought they two were easily separated. Now it's a bit confusing.

    With many thanks

    Image 1. J. elpis?
    IMG_4851.JPG

    Image 2. J. elpis?
    IMG_4849.JPG

    Image 3. J. alecto.
    IMG_4846.JPG

    Image 4. J. alecto.
    IMG_4847.JPG

    Image 5. J. elpis or alecto?
    IMG_4879.JPG

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    They all are Jamides alecto.

    The 3 species are closely related & share many similar features.
    The orange area can be rather large in both alecto & elpis.

    J. alecto White striae rather broad especially in outer half.
    https://www.thaibutterflies.com/wp-c...o-1080x723.jpg
    https://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/J...aMFUpUnAC1.jpg

    J. elpis; similar but striae thinner overall.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...97cf3608-2.jpg
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...0-%20Sunny.jpg


    J. caeruleus; white striae grey-shaded & sullied ;ground darker ;FW lower stria of postdiscal band typically hangs free.
    Female lighter.
    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GBJSb4uG2...0/DSC_2747.JPG
    http://www.butterflycircle.com/check...race%20Tan.jpg
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamide...sMFUpUnAC1.jpg


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    Many thanks for the notes and corrections.

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