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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Theclinae > Arhopalini > Arhopala

Arhopala curiosa (Evans, 1957) – Curious Oakblue

Subspecies in India:

No subspecies are listed under this species.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
Endemic to the eastern Himalaya. Known only from eastern Bhutan, and from the Eaglenest WLS in western Arunachal Pradesh so far.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
This species was previously known only from a single female (type specimen), which was collected from Dokyong La, Bhutan, at 3,000m asl on 1927/03/25 by F. M. Bailey (Evans 1957). Recently, a specimen was photographed mud-puddling at the Lama Camp (27¼08.48'N & 92¼27.23'E; 2,350m asl) in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in W. Arunachal Pradesh, adjacent to Bhutan, in the second week of Nov. 2008, by Animish Mandrekar. This appears to be only the second record of the species. This species has an unusual wing shape for an Arhopala and d'Abrera (1986) has remarked that it looks rather similar to members of Mahathala.


Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Theclinae > Arhopalini > Arhopala

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Mandrekar, A., and K. Kunte. 2021. Arhopala curiosa (Evans, 1957) – Curious Oakblue. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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