Miletus symethus petronius  (Distant & Pryer, 1887)

Miletus symethus petronius ♂ Up. Miletus symethus petronius ♂ Un. Miletus symethus petronius ♀ Up. Miletus symethus petronius ♀ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♀, Yala, Thailand.
Miletus symethus petronius ♂ Up. Miletus symethus petronius ♂ Un. Miletus symethus petronius ♀ Up. Miletus symethus petronius ♀ Un.
♂, Trang, Thailand. ♀, Satun, Thailand.
Miletus symethus petronius ♂ genitalia Miletus symethus petronius ♂ genitalia
♂ genitlia, Yala, Thailand.

ON : Gerydus petronius Distant & Pryer, 1887
OD : Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5)19:266.
TL : Sandakan, Borneo. (♀)
Distribution : P.Thailand (Ranong and Southward),
Vietnam, Langkawi, W.Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo,
Bangka, Natuna, Belitung, Karimata.
Miletus symethus petronius map

Synonyms

Gerydus symethus diopeithes Fruhstorfer, 1913 : Z. wiss. InsektBiol. 9(10):244. TL. Rhio Archipelago. (♂, NHML)
Gerydus symethus bangkanus Fruhstorfer, 1914 : Z. wiss. InsektBiol. 10(2):59. TL. Bangka.
Gerydus symethus hieropous Fruhstorfer, [1916] : in Seitz, Grossschmett. Erde 9:822. TL. Brunei.


Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Miletus symethus petronius ; Eliot,1961 : 169. (P: "Renong" [Ranong])
Miletus symethus petronius ; Pinratana,1981 : 28, pl.35, fig.25,♀. (Phuket)
Miletus symethus petronius ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 540, pl.244, figs.L29,♂,♂(Un) ; pl.245, fig.L29,♀,♀(Un) ('Mae Hong Son'[loc.err.]). ('Mae Hong Son' [loc.err.]; Phuket) (in part)
Miletus symethus petronius ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 554, pl.250, figs.L53,♂,♂(Un) ; pl.251, figs.L53,♀,♀(Un) ('Mae Hong Son'[loc.err.]). ('Mae Hong Son' [loc.err.]; Phuket) (in part)
Miletus symethus petronius ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 37, figs.♀,♀(Un). (Kam Puan)
Miletus symethus petronius ; S.Sophonviwatkul, C.Sunthornwiphat & T.Laola,2021- : Butterflies of Thailand, fig. (Yala) (accessed: 2021.04.17)

[ VIETNAM ]
Gerydus symethus ; Metaye,1957 : 88. (no loc.)
Miletus symethus ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 47. (S)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Trang : 2♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Satun (Koh Tarutao) : 2♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 6♂ 6♀ (incl. photo by A.Giudici) ,(1♂ genitalia dissected).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes

The butterfly is locally common in montane forests at low to moderate elevations (Alt. 30 - 800m). Males are territorial on shrubs or undergrowth at forest edges around hilltops.
The records from N.Thailand were all misidentifications of Miletus chinensis longeana and Miletus ancon ancon. This species is therefore restricted to peninsular Thailand.


Literature

Distant, W.L. & Pryer, W.B.,1887 : On the Rhopalocera of Northern Borneo. Part.II.
Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5)19:264-275.

Fruhstorfer, H.,1913 : Uebersicht der Gerydinae und Diagnosen neuer oder verkannter Formen (Lep., Lyc).
Z. wiss. InsektBiol. 9(8/9):242-247, 9(10):307-310, 9(11):341-344, 9(12):367-371.

Fruhstorfer, H.,1914 : Uebersicht der Gerydinae und Diagnosen neuer oder verkannter Formen (Lep., Lyc.)
Z. wiss. InsektBiol. 10(2):59-63.

Fruhstorfer, H.,[1916] : 8. Familie: Lycaenidae, 2. Subfamilie: Gerydinae in Seitz, Gross-Schmett. Erde 9.
817-824. (16.Dec.1916)

Eliot, J.N.,1961 : An analysis of the genus Miletus Hübner (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
Bull. Raffles Mus. 26:154-177.


Miletus symethus petronius ♂
♂ (territorial behavior), Yala, Thailand.

1999.07.24 - 2024.03.31.