Subspecies in India
No subspecies are listed under this species.
Photo Gallery and Species Biology
Known only from Changlang District of eastern Arunachal Pradesh, India, so far. May occur in Assam and other neighboring states in NE India, and perhaps in NW Myanmar.
Commonly seen mud-puddling along evergreen forest streams below 400 m asl. It is known only from Changlang District of eastern Arunachal Pradesh so far, where it is univoltine and flies only in the first three weeks of March. Its flight is fluttering and not very fast, similar to other Hypolycaena. It co-occurs with Hypolycaena erylus himavantus, Hypolycaena othona othona and Hypolycaena kina kina in the same habitat, with which it shares many of its habits.
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Kunte, K. 2015. A new species of Hypolycaena (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from Arunachal Pradesh, north-eastern India. The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, 48:21-27. PDF file (3.8MB, has colour images of the types and other specimens). See the press release or popular science coverage of this paper in The Hindu, The Telegraph, National Geographic Traveller India and Times of India, among many others.
Anonymous 2023. Hypolycaena narada Kunte, 2015 – Banded Tit. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/hypolycaena-narada, accessed 2023/03/21.