Arhopala curiosa (Evans, 1957) - Curious Oakblue

Subspecies in India

No subspecies are listed under this species.

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Arhopala curiosa - Curious Oakblue


Endemic to the eastern Himalaya. Known only from eastern Bhutan, and from the Eaglenest WLS in western Arunachal Pradesh so far.
 
This species was previously known only from a single female (type specimen), which was collected from Dokyong La, Bhutan, at 3,000m asl on 1927/03/25 by F. M. Bailey (Evans 1957). Recently, a specimen was photographed mud-puddling at the Lama Camp (27¼08.48'N & 92¼27.23'E; 2,350m asl) in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in W. Arunachal Pradesh, adjacent to Bhutan, in the second week of Nov. 2008, by Animish Mandrekar. This appears to be only the second record of the species. This species has an unusual wing shape for an Arhopala and d'Abrera (1986) has remarked that it looks rather similar to members of Mahathala.
 
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh12
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
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Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
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Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
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Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Pondicherry
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Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
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Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total12

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Arhopala curiosa (Evans, 1957) – Curious Oakblue. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.06. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/arhopala-curiosa, accessed 2022/08/11.