Heliophorus epicles

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Purple sapphire
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From Jairampur, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Heliophorus
Species: H. epicles
Binomial name
Heliophorus epicles
Godart 1823

Heliophorus epicles, the purple sapphire, is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the lycaenids or blues family.


The subspecies of Heliophorus epicles found in India are-[1]

  • Heliophorus epicles latilimbata Fruhstorfer, 1908 – Himalayan Purple Sapphire


In India, this butterfly can only be traced in the Himalayas(2000–7000 ft). Apart from that they can be found in Kumaon Himalaya to South Myanmar. They mainly inhabit in dense forest region.[2][3][4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Heliophorus epicles Godart, 1823 – Purple Sapphire". Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Pratap Singh, Arun (2011). Butterflies of India (1st ed.). Utter Pradesh: Om Books International. p. 77. ISBN 978-93-80069-60-9. 
  3. ^ Mahapatra,, A.K. "A preliminary study on diversity of butterflies (Lepidoptera: Macrolepidoptera) in Regional Institute of Education campus, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India" (PDF). The Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies. pp. 489–496. ISSN 2320-7078. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Pal .et al.,, S. "HOLISTIC SURVEY ON BUTTERFLY DIVERSITY AT TWO SELECTED REGIONS OF THE NORTHERN PARTS OF BENGAL,INDIA" (PDF). International Research Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences. pp. 42–57. ISSN 2349-4077. Retrieved 16 February 2017.