Pelopidas agna

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Dark branded swift
Pelopidas agna, Burdwan, West Bengal, India 18 09 2012.jpg
Scientific classification
P. agna
Binomial name
Pelopidas agna
(Moore, 1865)
  • Hesperia agna Moore, 1866
  • Pamphila similis Moore, 1881
  • Chapra mathias niasica Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • Pelopidas dingo Evans, 1949
  • Chapra agna; Moore, 1881

Pelopidas agna, the obscure branded swift[1] or dark branded swift, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae found in India.[1][2]


In 1891, Edward Yerbury Watson wrote:

Upperside glossy olive-brown; forewing with a series of six very small rather indistinct whitish semi-transparent spots curving from before the apex to the middle of the wing; beneath these is a short oblique pale impressed streak, which is suffused with black on its anterior margin. Cilia pale brown. Underside pale brown; spots on forewing as above but less defined; hindwing with a curved discal series of white dots and a single dot near the base. Palpi and body beneath pale brownish-yellow.

— E. Y. Watson[3]



  1. ^ a b R.K., Varshney; Smetacek, Peter (2015). A Synoptic Catalogue of the Butterflies of India. New Delhi: Butterfly Research Centre, Bhimtal & Indinov Publishing, New Delhi. p. 56. doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.3966.2164. ISBN 978-81-929826-4-9.
  2. ^ W. H., Evans (1949). A Catalogue of the Hesperiidae from Europe, Asia, and Australia in the British Museum. London: British Museum (Natural History). Department of Entomology. p. 439.
  3. ^ E. Y., Watson (1891). Hesperiidae Indicae : being a reprint of descriptions of the Hesperiidae of India, Burma, and Ceylon. Madras: Vest and Company. p. 32.