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Abisara bifasciata Moore, 1877 – Double-banded Judy

Subspecies in India:

(1) Abisara bifasciata bifasciata Moore, 1877 – Andaman Double-banded Judy
(2) Abisara bifasciata suffusa Moore, 1882 – Suffused Double-banded Judy
(3) Abisara bifasciata angulata Moore, [1879] – Angled Double-banded Judy

The Indian subspecies under this species were listed by Evans (1932) under Abisara echerius (Stoll, [1790]) – the Plum Judy and Abisara kausambi C. & R. Felder, 1860 – the Straight (Plum) Judy, an arrangement that some recent authors have erroneously followed. Bennett (1950) showed echerius, bifasciata and kausambi to be specifically distinct based on differences in their male genitalia, and we are following his arrangement of subspecies under species on this website. Contrary to popular belief, A. echerius is found in India only in the southern Western Ghats (ssp. prunosa) and the Naga, Manipur and Mizo Hills (ssp. paionea), whereas A. b. suffusa is widely distributed from the Western Ghats to the Vindhya and Satpuda Hills, the Eastern Ghats, Himalaya and NE India up to the Garo and Khasi Hills. Subspecies angulata is found in the Naga Hills, whereas bifasciata is endemic to the Andaman and Nicaobar Islands. KK has personally confirmed these species- and subspecies-level distributional ranges by checking the Abisara specimens deposited in the British Museum of Natural History, London [taxonomic note added in 2013].

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Abisara bifasciata suffusa - Primulaceae (Robinson et al. 2010), Ardisia solanacea (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Embelia tsjeriam-cottam (Davidson & Aitken 1890; Moore 1901; Pant & Chatterjee 1950) Maesa indica (Kunte 2006) (Primulaceae).

Key Reference:
Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550.

For the complete list of larval host plants of Indian butterflies, see the page on larval host plants.

Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Ankita Gupta, Blaise Pereira and Paresh V. Churi. 2013. A new species of Parapanteles Ashmead (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from India reared from Abisara echeria Stoll (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae) with key to the Indian Parapanteles species. Zootaxa 3709 (4): 363–370.
Bennett, N. H. 1950. A revision of the echerius group of the genus Abisara Felder (Rhop. Riodinidae). The Entomologist, 83:1-9, 34-42.
Evans, W. H. 1932. The Identification of Indian butterflies. 2nd ed. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Kunte, K., H. Ogale, Manoj P. and K. Saji. 2021. Abisara bifasciata Moore, 1877 – Double-banded Judy. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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