Abaratha pygela pygela  (Hewitson, [1868])

Abaratha pygela pygela ♂ Up. Abaratha pygela pygela ♂ Un. Abaratha pygela pygela ♂ Up. Abaratha pygela pygela ♂ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♂, Yala, Thailand.

ON : Pterygospidea pygela Hewitson, [1868]
OD : Descr. One Hundred new Spec. Hesp. (2):53-54.
TL : Malacca ; Borneo. (♂, NHML)
Distribution : Myanmar, P.Thailand, W.Malaysia, Borneo,
Sumatra, Banka, Nias.
Abaratha pygela pygela map


Odontoptilum pygela ragupta Fruhstorfer, 1909 : Ent. Zeit. 23(39):172. TL. Padang-Pandjang, W.Sumatra. (♂, NHML)

Records taken from Literature

Odontoptilum pygela pygela ; Evans,1949 : 159. (P)
Odontoptilum pygela pygela ; Pinratana,1985 : 45, pl.16, fig.81,♂. (Ranong; Yala)
Odontoptilum pygela pygela ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 770, pl.354, figs.H98,♂,♂(Un). (Yala)
Odontoptilum pygela pygela ; Kimura et al.,2011 : 50, figs.♂,♂(Un). (Khlong Naka; Than To WF.)
Odontoptilum pygela pygela ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 820, pl.379, figs.H95,♂,♂(Un),♀. (Yala)
Odontoptilum pygela pygela ; S.Sophonviwatkul, C.Sunthornwiphat & T.Laola,2023- : Butterflies of Thailand, figs. (Yala) (accessed: 2023.06.11)

Specimens Examined

Ranong : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Nakhon Si Thammarat : 1♂ (photo).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 7♂ (incl. photo).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


The butterfly is locally not rare in montane forests at low to moderate elevations (Alt. 30 - 600m). Males occasionally come to the banks of streams and puddles to suck water.


Hewitson, W.C.,1867-[1868] : Descriptions of one hundred new species of Hesperidae.
London, Author, 8vo 1:ii + 25pp, 2:26-56.

Fruhstorfer, H.,1909 : Neue Hesperiden.
Ent. Zeit. 23(39):171-174.

Zhang, J., Cong, Q., Shen, J. & Grishin, N.V.,2022 : Taxonoic changes suggested by the genomic analysis of Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera)
Insecta Mundi 0921: 1-135.

Abaratha pygela pygela ♂ Abaratha pygela pygela ♂
♂, Yala, Thailand.

Abaratha pygela pygela ♂ Abaratha pygela pygela ♂

Left: To make the white markings on the hindwings stand out, the contrast in the photo has been increased.
Right: Spider, 'Phrynarachne sp.', waiting for insects on leaves without a web.
This kind of spider seems to be one of the strongest natural enemies of Hesperiidae. The pattern of pygela could be a mimicry of this kind of spider.
1999.09.04 - 2023.06.30.

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