Chliaria kina

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Blue Tit
at Samsing in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Chliaria (disputed)
Species: C. kina
Binomial name
Chliaria kina
(Hewitson, 1869)

Hypolycaena kina Hewitson, 1869 (but see text)

The Blue Tit is a species of lycaenid or blue butterfly found in Asia. It was traditionally called Chliaria kina[1] but the genus Chliaria is merged into Hypolycaena by many recent authors.


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The Hind-wing butterfly has two unique tails. Both male and female have pale grey markings of the same colour and a distinctive black-edge on the underside of the wings. These markings are similar to an Orchid Tit pattern [Chliaria Othona]. There are no particular print markings below the costal vein at the anterior of the fore-wings. The male species have a pale-blue print above the costal vein on the forewing and the upper-side of the hind wings are broadly black bordered. The posterior area between the borders and the coral vein are violet in colour. The female species have a dark brown colour with black borders above the coral vein and a white discal posterior section. On both sexes the veins appear very dark on the upper-side of the hind wings. [2]


Chliaria kina is located in India
Distribution records of Chliaria kina in India


Locally not rare[2]


Life cycle[edit]

Cited references[edit]

  1. ^ Card for Chliaria kina in LepIndex. Accessed 9 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b The Book of Indian Butterflies by Isaac Kehimkar 2008 Bombay Natural History Society ISBN 0-19-569620-4

See also[edit]


  • Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication.
  • Evans, W.H. (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. (2nd Ed), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
  • Haribal, Meena (1992) Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and their Natural History. Sikkim Nature Conservation Foundation.
  • Savela, Marrku Website on Lepidoptera [1] (accessed 12 October 2007)
  • Wynter-Blyth, M.A. (1957) Butterflies of the Indian Region, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.