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Delias lativitta Leech, 1893 – White-streaked Jezebel

Subspecies in India:

(1) Delias lativitta parva Talbot, 1937 – Himalayan White-streaked Jezebel
(2) Delias lativitta naga Tytler, 1939 – Patkai White-streaked Jezebel

This species is also known as the Broadwing Jezabel (Evans 1932).

Early Stages:
Unknown in India.

Indian and global distribution:
This species was known from India only in the subspecific form naga, from the Naga Hills (Tytler 1939). Ssp. parva was known from Bhutan, NE Myanmar and the Shan States in E. Myanmar (Talbot 1939; Tytler 1939). The specimen reported here (BOI-bu327 and BOI-bu328) is the first record of ssp. parva in India, and the first record from Arunachal Pradesh.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Unknown in India.

Identification:
This species is very similar to Delias sanaca Moore, 1857 – Pale Jezebel and Delias berinda Moore, 1872 – Dark Jezebel, but is easily distinguished by the white stripe in the cell of the hindwing upperside (Talbot 1939), and short white discal streaks on the upperside of both wings. Its hindwing termen is usually prominently more wavy. The co-occurring subspecies of Delias sanaca and Delias berinda have more spotted appearance on the upperside, the hindwing cell has a very faint, diffused, short white marking in males and a white stripe in females, and a less wavy hindwing termen.


Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
This species is reportedly globally rare, and very rare in India. Talbot (1939) noted that the British Museum of Natural History (BMNH, now the Natural History Museum), London, had only three males of this subspecies, and that the female was unknown. The specimen reported here (BOI-bu327 and BOI-bu328) is the first record of ssp. parva in India, and the first record from Arunachal Pradesh. This record is also apparently the first record of this species in India since Talbot's and Tytler's subspecies descriptions.

The species co-occurs with Delias sanaca Moore, 1857 – Pale Jezebel in the mixed evergreen forests at mid-elevations in the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in W. Arunachal Pradesh, but is much rarer than that species.

References:
Evans, W. H. 1932. The Identification of Indian Butterflies. 2nd edn. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.

Talbot, G. 1939. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma: Butterflies, Vol. 1. Taylor and Francis, London.

Tytler, H. C. 1939. Notes on some new and interesting butterflies chiefly from Burma. Part I. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 41:235–252.


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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Kunte, K., and D. N. Basu. 2017. Delias lativitta Leech, 1893 – White-streaked Jezebel. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (eds.). Butterflies of India, v. 2.28. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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