Chliaria kina

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Blue tit
Blue Tit, Chliaria kina at Samsing, Duars, West Bengal W IMG 6262.jpg
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 parts of South Asia and Southeast 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 (Chliaria othona) pattern. 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]


(Northwest India, Doon Valley to Assam, Burma to Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaya, Tsekou [Yanmen, Yunnan] Taiwan.

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.