Libythea lepita lepita  Moore,[1858]

Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Up. Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Un. Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Up. Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Un.
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Up. Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Un. Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Up. Libythea celtis lepita ♂ Un.
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

ON : Libythea lepita Moore,[1858]
OD : in Horsfield & Moore,
  Cat. Lep. Ins. East India Co. (1):240.
TL : N.India ; Bootan. (♂, NHML)
Distribution : N.India to Myanmar, N.Thailand,
Laos, Vietnam, S.China.
Libythea celtis lepita map

Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Libythea lepita lepita ; Godfrey,1930 : 304. (Me Lamoung)
Libythea celtis lepita ; Pinratana,1988 : 38, pl.42, fig.1,♂. (Chiang Mai)
Libythea celtis lepita ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 500, pl.224, figs.Li1,♂,♂(Un),♀[♂]. (Chiang Dao)
Libythea celtis lepita ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 512, pl.229, figs.N398,♂,♂(Un),♀[♂]. (Chiang Dao)
Libythea lepita lepita ; Kimura et al.,2016 : 23.

[ LAOS ]
Libythea celtis lepita ; Motono & Negishi,1989 : 67, pl.95, figs.3,♂,4,♂(Un). (Vang Vieng; Vientiane; Rock Kao)
Libythea celtis lepita ; Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 : 213, pl.103, fig.♂. (Oudomxay)
Libythea celtis lepita ; Nakamura & Wakahara,2012 : 50.

[ VIETNAM ]
Libythea lepita lepita ; Metaye,1957 : 92.
Libythea lepita lepita ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 45. (N / C)
Libythea lepita ; Monastyrskii,2019 : 4(1):37, pl.1, figs.3a♂,3b♂(Un). (N: Ha Giang; Dong Van; Na Hang; Ba Be / C: Pu Mat; Huong Son; Vu Quang)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Chiang Mai : 4♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes
The butterfly is uncommon and localized in montane forest at moderate elevations (alt.500m - 700m). I could not find any records from Thailand for the last 20 years.
The population in Indo-Chinese region is treated as nominotypical subspecies, however it seems to be slightly different. Further taxonomic study is needed.

Literature

Horsfield, T. & Moore, F.,[1858] :
A catalogue of the Lepidopterous Insects in the Museum of the Honourable East-India Company. Vol.1.
London. East India Co.

Kawahara, A.Y.,2013 : Systematic revision and review of the extant and fossil snout butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Libytheinae)
Zootaxa 3631(1):1-74.

2007.03.10 - 2021.07.31.

A Check list of Butterflies in Indo-China, Chiefly from THAILAND, LAOS & VIETNAM. Copyright © 1996- Y.Inayoshi.