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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Polyommatinae > Polyommatini > Tongeia

Tongeia kala de Nicéville, 1890 – Black Cupid

Subspecies in India:

No subspecies are listed under this species.
Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
Naga Hills in NE India to Southern Shan States in Myanmar (Wynter-Blyth, 1957; Jeratthitikul et. al., 2011).
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Identification:

Wingspan: 20-25mm. Tailed. UP: dark brown, cilia white, checkered with black. Black marks cell-end. UN: small but prominent basal, discal, submarginal, marginal and cell-end black or dark brown spots, all conspicuously edged white. Submarginal spots on HW tornus are orange-reddish to a lesser or greater degree (Wynter-Blyth 1957).

Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

Rare. The sighting reported here (BOI media code aq268) was made on the road between Dzulekie and Benreu in Nagaland, between 1,450 and 1,720m asl, on a bright, sunny day. The butterfly was mud-puddling on the road amongst other butterflies.

References:

Jeratthitikul et al. 2011. Life history and morphology of the Black Cupid butterfly, Tongeia kala (de Niceville) (Lycaenidae), from Myanmar. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 65(3):167–174.

Wynter-Blyth, M. A. 1957. Butterflies of the Indian Region. The Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. 523pp + 72 pls.


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Venkatesh, V. 2017. Tongeia kala de Nicéville, 1890 – Black Cupid. Kunte, K., P. Roy, S. Kalesh and U. Kodandaramaiah (eds.). Butterflies of India, v. 2.24. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/2144/Tongeia-kala
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