Iraota rochana (Horsfield, [1829]) - Scarce Silverstreak Blue

Subspecies in India

1) Iraota rochana boswelliana Distant, 1885 – Malayan Scarce Silverstreak Blue

  The subspecies boswelliana is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Van Gasse (2013) listed the distribution in India as Nongpoh, Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, based on Cantlie (1962), and Sebong, SE Manipur (Tytler 1915). The female specimen from Buxa (bp769, bp770) extends the range by approx. 350 km north-westwards and is an addition to the butterfly fauna of Paschimbanga (West Bengal).
 

  The subspecies boswelliana is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.


Very rare in India. Tytler (1915) recorded 8 males in the months of April, June, November and December at Sebong, SE Manipur.

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh1
Assam1
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total11
  1. Cantlie, K. (1962). The Lycaenidae Portion (Except the Arhopala Group), of Brigadier Evans The Identification of Indian Butterflies 1932 (India, Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma). Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, 159pp.
  2. Tytler, H. C. 1915. Notes on some new and interesting butterflies from Manipur and the Naga Hills. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 23:502–515.
  3. Van Gasse, P. 2013. Butterflies of India – Annotated Checklist.

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Iraota rochana (Horsfield, [1829]) – Scarce Silverstreak Blue. 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/iraota-rochana, accessed 2022/12/04.