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    Default Purple Sapphire Shot in Thailand

    Dear Dr Seow,

    These were shot at Central Thailand close to the border of Myanmar. Are they H. ila or H. epicles? Thanks a lot.

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    2 IMG_4645v1.1.jpg

    Best regards,
    David Chan

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    The Heliophorus are very difficult as each species have variation.

    These are H. epicles should be ssp latilimbata.

    H. epicles FW submarginal white lunules in space 1b, 2 & 3 .
    FW red boder nearly reaching the apex.
    HW red border at space 6 usually protrude in a bit more.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...a_7/tbf128.jpg
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...6caca026-2.jpg

    H. ila nolus.
    FW submarginal white lunules in space 1b & 2. that in space 3 obsolete ;that in space 2 flattened.
    FW red border falls short of reaching the apex.
    HW red border in space 6 not so protruding.
    https://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/H...CC_3043to4.jpg
    https://wingscales.com/content/record/3166-1-3f425.jpg

    TL Seow: Cheers.

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    Dear Dr Seow,

    Thanks a lot for the pointers.

    Best regards,
    David Chan

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