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Oreolyce vardhana (Moore, [1875]) – Dusky Hedge Blue

Subspecies in India:

(1) Oreolyce vardhana vardhana (Moore, [1875]) – Kashmir Dusky Hedge Blue
(2) Oreolyce vardhana nepalica (Forster, 1980) – Nepalese Dusky Hedge Blue

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
The record (BOI-bq162) from Gorkey, Darjeeling District, reported here on 18 April 2015, is a range extension of the subspecies nepalica, and the first record from India. This is a Himalayan species, of which ssp. vardhana occurs in Kashmir to Uttarakhand, and ssp. nepalica occurs in Nepal and Darjeeling District, Paschimbanga (West Bengal). Outside of Nepal and India, it has been recorded in Yunnan (Huang 2003), perhaps indicating that it should also be present elsewhere in the eastern Himalaya.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
(1) Forster, W. 1980. Einige neue Tagfalterformen aus Nepal.  Spixiana 3 (1) : 1-9

(2) Huang, H. 2003. A list of butterflies collected from Nujiang (Lou Tse Kiang) and Dulongiang, China with descriptions of new species, and revisional notes. Neue Ent. Nachr., 55:3-114.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Sanyal, S. K. 2021. Oreolyce vardhana (Moore, [1875]) – Dusky Hedge Blue. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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