Neptis namba namba  Tytler,1915

Neptis namba namba ♂ Up. Neptis namba namba ♂ Un. Neptis namba namba ♂ Up. Neptis namba namba ♂ Un.
♂, Vinh Phuc, Vietnam. (photo by K.Saito) ♂, Ha Giang, Vietnam. (photo by K.Saito)
Neptis namba namba ♂ Up. Neptis namba namba ♂ Un. Neptis namba namba ♀ Up. Neptis namba namba ♀ Un.
♂, Phetchabun, Thailand. ♀, Chaiyaphum, Thailand.

ON : Neptis namba Tytler,1915
OD : J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 23:510, pl.3, fig.20,♂.
TL : Naga Hills. (♂♀, NHML)




Distribution : Sikkim to Myanmar, C.Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Yunnan.
Neptis namba namba Map

Synonyms

Neptis ananta learmondi Tytler,1940 : J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 42:118. partim ♀ nec ♂. (♀, allotype NHML)
Neptis lucida Lee,1962 : Acta ent. Sinica 11(2):140,145, pl.3, figs.15.♂,16.♂(Un). TL. Yunnan.


Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Neptis namba namba ; Kimura,1994 : 18-19, figs.11♂,12♂(Un). (Chaiyaphum: Phu Khiewo)
Neptis namba namba ; Pinratana & Eliot,1996 : 52, pl.32, figs.82,♂,♂(Un). (Chaiyaphum)
Neptis namba namba ; S.Sophonviwatkul, C.Sunthornwiphat & T.Laola,2015- : Butterflies of Thailand, fig. (Phetchabun)
Neptis namba namba ; Kimura et al.,2016 : 82, figs.♂,♂(Un). ("Chiang Dao" / Phu Khiewo)

[ LAOS ]
Neptis namba namba ; Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 : 206, pl.56, figs.♂,♂(Un) (Xam Neua / Vang Vieng)
Neptis namba namba ; Nakamura & Wakahara,2012 : 45.

[ VIETNAM ]
Neptis namba namba ; Eliot,1969 : 100. (Tonkin)
Neptis namba ; Monastyrskii et al.,2006 : 41. (Thua Thien Hue: A Luoi)
Neptis namba namba ; Yokochi et al.,2015 : 40. (Khanh Hoa: Hon Ba)
Neptis namba ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 37. (N / C)
Neptis namba ; Monastyrskii,2019 : 4(2):78, pl.48, figs.3a,♂,3b,♂(Un). (N: Tam Dao ; Ba Vi / C: Huong Son ; Vu Quang ; Bach Ma ; A Luoi ; Ngoc Linh ; Hon Ba)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Chiang Mai : 2♂ (photo by RIEB).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Phetchabun : 5♂ (incl.photo & photo by A.Giudici).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Chaiyaphum : 6♂ 2♀ (incl.photo & photo by A.Giudici).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


[ LAOS ]
Bolikhamxai : 1♂ (photo by H.Onodera).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


[ VIETNAM ]
Ha Giang : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Vinh Phuc : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes
This is localized species however is not rare in the habitats. The butterfly is found in montane forest at moderate elevations (alt.700m - 1000m).
In some examples of C.Thailand, the orange marking of the UpF is broader however is variable.
Kimura et al. (2016) recorded it from Chiang Dao, however these specimens were bought from local dealer. There are no other records in this area, and further research is needed to determine if this species is indeed distributed in Northern Thailand.

The difference between ananta and namba.
Neptis ananta ♂ Un. Neptis namba ♂ Un.
ananta ♂(Un) namba ♂(Un)
Neptis ananta ♂ Un. Neptis namba ♂ Un.
ananta ♂(Un) namba ♂(Un)

♂ underside / Species ananta namba
Cilia obscure clearly chequered with white
FW, base of space 1b covered with brownish scales without these scales

Literature

Tytler, H.,1915 : Notes on Some New and Interesting Butterflies from Manipur and the Naga Hills. Part.2.
J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 23:502-515, 3 pls.

Tytler, H.,1940 : Notes on Some New and Interesting Butterflies chiefly from Burma. Part.2.
J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 42:109-123.

Lee, C.L.,1962 : Some new species of Rhopalocera in China, II.
Acta ent. Sinica 11(2):139-158.

Lang, S.,2009 : A Study on the systematics of Nymphalidae (excepting Satyrinae) from China (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea)
Beijing, P.R.China.

Neptis namba namba ♂ Neptis namba namba ♀
♂, Phetchabun, Thailand. ♀, Chaiyaphum, Thailand. (photo by A.Giudici)
Neptis namba namba ♂ Neptis namba namba ♂
♂, Phetchabun, Thailand. ♂, Phetchabun, Thailand. (photo by A.Giudici)
Neptis namba namba ♂ Neptis namba namba ♂
♂, Chaiyaphum, Thailand. ♂, Phetchabun, Thailand.

2006.02.20 - 2021.03.31.

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