Arhopala oenea (Hewitson, [1869]) - Lackluster Oakblue

Subspecies in India

No subspecies are listed under this species. This is also known as Hewitson's Dull Oakblue.

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
 

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The subspecies melba is traditionally known from C. & E. Himalaya, specifically from C. Nepal to Sikkim, and the subspecies gafuri occurs in NE India (Naga Hills) (Eliot 1969; Smith 2006). The record from Kedarnath WLS from 22 May 2014 (BOI-bu892 and BOI-bu893), reported here by Milind Bhakare on 29 August 2015, extends the range of this species to the western Himalaya. Krushnamegh Kunte has recorded several individuals of melba melba from the Eaglenest WLS in June 2015, which are the first records of this species from Arunachal Pradesh.
 

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh1
Assam11
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total12

Not known.
 

Eliot, J. N. 1969. An analysis of the Eurasian and Australian Neptini (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Bull. Br. Museum, Nat. Hist. Suppl., 15:3-155.
 
Evans, W. H. 1932. The Identification of Indian Butterflies. 2nd edn. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.

Smith, C. 2006. Illustrated Checklist of Nepal’s Butterflies. 2nd, revised edn. Walden Book House, Kathmandu.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Arhopala oenea (Hewitson, [1869]) – Lackluster 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-oenea, accessed 2022/08/20.