Abisara fylla

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Dark Judy
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Riodinidae
Genus: Abisara
Species: A. fylla
Binomial name
Abisara fylla
(Westwood, 1851)

The Dark Judy (Abisara fylla) is a small but striking butterfly found in India that belongs to the Punches and Judies, that is, the family Riodinidae.

Description[edit]

From Bingham, C. T. (1905) The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies Vol. 1

Male Upperside rich dark brown. Fore wing with a cream-coloured even band from middle of costa to tornus, "bent slightly inwards at each end; a subterminal transverse, very obscure, pale fascia ending anteriorly in a white dot and two subapical white dots. Hind wing: postdiscal and subterminal very obscure pale transversa fasciae; the latter with a superposed series of seven oval black spots each with a white dot on tho outer margin and inwardly pale-edged; the preapical two and posterior two of these spots only clearly defined, the others obsolescent, the preapieal two the larger. Underside duller brown ; the markings as on the upperside; the hind wing with indications of a sub-basal pale fascia in addition to the others. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown; beneath the palpi, thorax and abdomen paler; antenna with a white dot at apex.

Female. Similar; the termen of the hind wing more distinctly but very broadly angulated outwards in the middle. Upperside: the ground-colour paler duller brown, the oblique band on the fore wing pure white, not cream-coloured; six (not seven) black spots in the subterminal series on the hind wing, the spots larger and more clearly defined than in the male. Underside: ground-colour paler than on the upperside: markings similar; no trace of a subbasal band on the hind wing, the middle two spots of the subterminai series more or less obsolescent. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen concolorous with the ground-colour of the wings, a white spot at apex of the antennae; beneath, the palpi, thorax and abdomen paler, marked with white.

  • Expanse: 52–62 mm
  • Habitat: The Himalayas. Mussoorie to Sikkim ; the hills of Assam, Burma and Tennaserim.

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References[edit]

  • Evans, W.H. (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. (2nd Ed), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India

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