Taraka hamada (Druce, 1875) - Forest Pierrot

Subspecies in India

(1) Taraka hamada mendesia Fruhstorfer, 1918 – Mendacious Forest Pierrot

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

This species occurs in the Indian Region in E. Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and N. Myanmar, extending further east into S. China and Indo-China in several subspecific forms.
 
  The subspecies imperialis is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

This species is overall very rare but it may be locally and seasonally uncommon. It occurs in evergreen forests at mid-elevations in the Himalaya and Patkai Hills. It has been reported and photographed in the Indian Region only a few times in the past few years, and the images taken by Reddy Bei, Range Forest Officer at Talle Valley WLS, published here on 28 August 2014 (media codes BOI-av030, BOI-av031, and BOI-av032) appear to be the first photographic record of the species from Arunachal Pradesh.
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh4111
Assam63212
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
Meghalaya4
Mizoram
Nagaland11
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim1112111
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total1173243132

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Taraka hamada (Druce, 1875) – Forest Pierrot. 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/taraka-hamada, accessed 2022/12/02.