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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:

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.


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.

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Polyommatinae > Polyommatini > Tongeia

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Venkatesh, V. 2018. Tongeia kala de Nicéville, 1890 – Black Cupid. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.35. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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