Rapala pheretima (Hewitson, [1863]) - Copper Flash

Subspecies in India

(1) Rapala pheretima petosiris (Hewitson, [1863]) – Indian Copper Flash

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

This species is historically known to occur from Odisha and Nepal eastward into the eastern Himalaya, NE India, Myanmar, Indo-China and Malay Peninsula (Cantlie 1962; Evans 1932; Inayoshi 2015; Mohapatra et al. 2012; Wynter-Blyth 1957). However, it has apparently not been reported from central India (Shrivastava 2008). The record (BOI-bs277) from Mukki, Kanha NP, by David Raju, reported here on 9 May 2015, appears to be the first record of the species from Madhya Pradesh.
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh1
Arunachal Pradesh12114
Assam21122211113
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh213
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh831
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya211
Mizoram
Nagaland1
Odisha
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim1
Tamil Nadu
Tripura4
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1313
Total22416733142712
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.
 
Evans, W. H. 1932. The Identification of Indian butterflies. 2nd edn. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.

Mohapatra, P. P., V. Sarkar, A. K. Mishra, and M. V. Nair. 2012. A Field Guide for Beginners: Butterflies of Bonai, Odisha. Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project, Bhubaneswar, India.

Shrivastava, A. 2008. Butterflies: A Photographic Compendium of Butterflies of Central India. Tripathga Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., Bhopal, India.

Wynter-Blyth, M. A. 1957. Butterflies of the Indian Region. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Rapala pheretima (Hewitson, [1863]) – Copper Flash. 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/rapala-pheretima, accessed 2022/10/02.