Potanthus serina serina  (Plötz, 1883)
Potanthus serina serina ♂ Up. Potanthus serina serina ♂ Un. Potanthus serina serina ♀ Up. Potanthus serina serina ♀ Un.
♂ (bred), Chanthaburi, Thailand. (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul) ♂ (bred), Chanthaburi, Thailand. (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul)
Potanthus serina serina ♂ genitalia Potanthus serina serina ♂ genitalia
♂ genitalia, Chanthaburi, Thailand.

ON : Hesperia serina Plötz, 1883
OD : Stett. ent. Ztg. 44(4-6):231.
TL : 'Mexico' [recte Java]. (♂)
Distribution : Myanmar (Bassein ; Tavoy ; Mergui),
Andamans, Thailand, Vietnam, Langkawi, Singapore,
Sumatra, Nias, Sipora, Banka, Java, Borneo, Palawan.
Potanthus serina serina map


Telicota bambusae rasana Fruhstorfer, 1911 : Deut. ent. Zeit. [Iris] 25:30. TL. Palawan. (♀, NHML)
Telicota chariyawa Fruhstorfer, 1911 : Deut. ent. Zeit. [Iris] 25:33. TL. Java. (♀, NHML)
Telicota sravasta Fruhstorfer, 1911 : Deut. ent. Zeit. [Iris] 25:34. TL. Nias. (♂, NHML)

Records taken from Literature

Padraona dara serina ; Godfrey,1930 : 382-383. (except P)
Padraona dara serina ; Godfrey,1932a : 276. (Surat Thani: Khao Poata)
'Potanthus hetaerus serina ; Pinratana,1985 : 102,137. not fig. (no loc.)'
'Potanthus hetaerus serina ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 831, pl.381, figs.271,♂,♂(Un),♂[♀],♂[♀](Un). [all specimens are probably not serina] (Ranong)'
Potanthus serina serina ; Kimura et al.,2011 : 97. (by literature)
'Potanthus serina serina ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 894, pl.413, figs.H268,♂,♂(Un),♂[♀],♂[♀](Un). [all specimens are probably not serina] (Ranong)'
Potanthus serina serina ; S.Sophonviwatkul, C.Sunthornwiphat & T.Laola,2023- : Butterflies of Thailand, figs., Early Stages. (Chanthaburi) (accessed: 2023.10.04)

Potanthus hetaerus serina ; Devyatkin,2000 : 202. (S: Mada)
Potanthus hetaerus serina ; Miyazaki, Saito & Saito,2007b : 15, fig.H-108,♂. (Lam Dong: Dambri)
Potanthus serina ; Miyazaki et al.,2010 : 20.
Potanthus serina serina ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 83. (by Miyazaki et al.,2010)

Specimens Examined

Chanthaburi : 2023.07.07, 2♂, S.Sophonviwatkul bred. (YI).
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This is a reliable record of the species from Thailand. The larvae were found and bred by Supat Sophonviwatkul in Chanthaburi province.
The butterfly is localised and uncommon in montane forests at low elevations (Alt. 70 -100m). Further distributional research is needed.

The species of this genus are so similar that identification by male genitalia is required. Therefore, records that do not examine the male genitalia cannot be adopted. In addition, although there are many field photos, most are either misidentified or unidentifiable and therefore cannot be used as records.


Plötz, C.,1883 : Die Hesperiinen-Gattung Hesperia Aut. und ihre Arten.
Stett. ent. Ztg. 44(1-3):26-64 ; 44(4-6):195-233.

Fruhstorfer, H.,1911 : Neue Hesperiden des Indo-Malayischen Faunengebietes und Besprechung verwandter Formen.
Deut. ent. Zeit. [Iris] 25(2-6):9-79, pl.1.

Jong, R.de & Treadaway, C. G.,1993 : The Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera) of the Philippines.
Zool. Verh. 288:1-115.

Eliot, J.N.,2006 : Updating The Butterflies of the Malay Peninsula
Malay. nat. J. 59(1):1-49.

Potanthus serina serina ♂
♂ (bred), Chanthaburi, Thailand. (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul)

2018.05.31 - 2023.10.31.

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