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Snow flats
Flat nagerhole.jpg
Tagiades gana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Tribe: Tagiadini
Genus: Tagiades
Hübner, 1819[1]

Several, see text

  • Pterygosidea Wallengren, 1857

Tagiades, commonly known as snow flats, is a genus of spread-winged skipper butterflies. It is the type genus of the tribe Tagiadini of the subfamily Pyrginae in the family Hesperiidae. It contains seventeen species; three of which are found in tropical Africa, while fourteen are found from India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, northeast Australia, to the Pacific Islands. They are primarily diurnal butterflies, and can usually be found in secondary forests at up to 1,300 m (4,300 ft) above sea level. They can sometimes be encountered in partially cleared or cultivated areas. They are fast flyers, flying at an average height of 2 to 6 m (6.6 to 19.7 ft). They usually rest on the undersides of leaves. When disturbed they will fly away but will usually return to the preferred area, often to the same leaf.[2]

Tagiades litigiosa resting on the underside of a leaf.


Found in Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Singapore, Borneo, Java, Nias, Belitung, and Bangka Island
Found in Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, the northwestern Himalayas, and possibly China
Found from Transkei to Rhodesia and Botswana in Africa
Widespread in India, Indochina, and maritime Southeast Asia
Found in Central Vietnam.
Found in Madagascar
Widespread in India, Indochina, maritime Southeast Asia, and northeastern Australia
Found in southern Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and the Natuna Islands
Found in Sri Lanka, southern India, Assam, the Himalayas, and Indochina
  • Tagiades menaka (Moore, [1866]) (dark edged snow flat or spotted snow flat)
Found in the Himalayas (from Kashmir to Assam), Indochina, and Hainan
Found in Papua New Guinea, the Duke of York Island, and northern Australia
Found in Indochina and maritime Southeast Asia
Found in Madagascar
Found from Assam to maritime Southeast Asia
Found from Japan, the Philippines, and Sulawesi and the surrounding islands
Found in Indochina, maritime Southeast Asia, to Palawan in the Philippines
Found in maritime Southeast Asia



  1. ^ Tagiades, funet.fi
  2. ^ Rienk de Jong & Colin Guy Treadaway (1993). "The Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera) of the Philippines". Zoologische Verhandelingen. 288: 3–125. 

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