Abisara bifasciata Moore, 1877 – Double-banded Judy
Subspecies in India:
(1) Abisara bifasciata bifasciata Moore, 1877 – Andaman Double-banded Judy
(2) Abisara bifasciata suffusa Moore, 1882 – Suffused Double-banded Judy
(3) Abisara bifasciata angulata Moore, 1878 – Angled Double-banded Judy
The Indian subspecies under this species were listed by Evans (1932) under Abisara echerius Stoll, 1790 – the Plum Judy and Abisara kausambi Felder & Felder, 1860 – the Straight (Plum) Judy, an arrangement that some recent authors have erroneously followed. Bennett (1950) showed echerius, bifasciata and kausambi to be specifically distinct based on differences in their male genitalia, and we are following his arrangement of subspecies under species on this website. Contrary to popular belief, A. echerius is found in India only in the southern Western Ghats (ssp. prunosa) and the Naga, Manipur and Mizo Hills (ssp. paionea), whereas A. b. suffusa is widely distributed from the Western Ghats to the Vindhya and Satpuda Hills, the Eastern Ghats, Himalaya and NE India up to the Garo and Khasi Hills. Subspecies angulata is found in the Naga Hills, whereas bifasciata is endemic to the Andaman and Nicaobar Islands. I have personally confirmed these species- and subspecies-level distributional ranges by checking the Abisara specimens deposited in the British Museum of Natural History, London.
Cite this page along with its URL as:
Kunte, K., H. Ogale, and K. Saji. 2017. Abisara bifasciata Moore, 1877 – Double-banded Judy. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (eds.). Butterflies of India, v. 2.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.