Vagrans egista

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vagrans
Hemming, 1934
Species: V. egista
Binomial name
Vagrans egista
(Cramer, 1780)

Issoria egista sinha (Kollar, [1844])

Vagrans is monotypic genus with the species vagrant (Vagrans egista) a species of nymphalid butterfly found in forested areas of tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia.


For a key to the terms used, see Glossary of entomology terms.

Race sinha[edit]

Race macromalayana

The upperside of the wings are rich ochre yellow. The forewing is dusky brown towards the base and near the tornus. The cel has three black sinuous lines and there is a line along the discocellulars. The interspaces beyond the apex of the cell are dark brown, the dark colour continues out in interspace 4 and joins a broad oblique short band from the costa. The dusky-brown shading at bases of interspaces 1–3 darkens outwards; Other marks include a transverse postdiscal series of dark brown spots, interrupted by large quadrate dark brown marks in interspace 4 and below costa; a subterminal lunular line and a broad terminal band dark brown or black. Hindwing is shaded toward the posterior and outer half by dusky brown and has a postdiscal row of dark brown spots, followed by a subterminal series of broad lunules and a broad terminal band dark brown or black. Underside of forewing has the basal area purplish brown, posterior half ochraceous yellow; the cell is crossed by three sinuous dark brown lines, the innermost of the three bordered inwardly with purplish white, the space between the outer two also pale purplish, the interspaces beyond the apex of the cell very pale ochre, followed by a transverse series of purple-white lunules, a row of dark brown spots, a subterminal inner series of dark ochre lunules and an outer dark ochre transverse line. Hindwing: the disc purplish brown, lightening to pale purple broadly along the dorsal and tornal areas; an obscure subbasal, dark brown, highly sinuous and irregular transverse line, followed by a sinuous transverse series of pale purple hmules, a discal series of dark ferruginous spots, obscure postdiscal and more clearly defined subterminal lines of dark lunules; the terminal margin narrowly brown. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark ochraceous, the thorax and abdomen beneath buffy white.[1]

The wingspan is 64–70 mm.

Found mainly in the Sub-Himalayan zone from Mussoorie to Assam extending into the Malayan region east to the Philippines. Also noted from the Eastern Ghats.


  • Vagrans egista egista
  • Vagrans egista admiralia (Rothschild, 1915)
  • Vagrans egista brixia Fruhstorfer North Philippines.
  • Vagrans egista buruana Fruhstorfer
  • Vagrans egista creaghana Pryor & Cator North Borneo.
  • Vagrans egista eda Fruhstorfer
  • Vagrans egista elvira Fruhstorfer
  • Vagrans egista hebridina (Waterhouse, 1920) New Hebrides.
  • Vagrans egista macromalayana (Fruhstorfer, 1912) Malaysia.
  • Vagrans egista nupta Staudinger
  • Vagrans egista obiana Fruhstorfer
  • Vagrans egista offaka Fruhstorfer
  • Vagrans egista orfeda Fruhstorfer
  • Vagrans egista propinqua (Miskin, 1884)
  • Vagrans egista scyllaria Fruhstorfer New Caledonia
  • Vagrans egista shortlandia Fruhstorfer
  • Vagrans egista sinha (Kollar, [1844]) India, Thailand, South Burma and China.
  • Vagrans egista vitiensis (Waterhouse, 1920) Fiji

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bingham, C.T. (1905). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma Butterflies. 1 (1st ed.). London: Taylor and Francis, Ltd. pp. 415–416. 

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