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

Subspecies in India:

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

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
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.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
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.

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Theclinae > Deudorigini > Rapala

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Mazumder, S., T. Karmakar, and D. Raju. 2021. Rapala pheretima (Hewitson, [1863]) – Copper Flash. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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