Rapala damona  Swinhoe,1890

Rapala damona ♂ Up. Rapala damona ♂ Un. Rapala damona ♀ Up. Rapala damona ♀ Un.
♂, Mae Hong Son, Thailand. ♀, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Rapala damona ♂ Up. Rapala damona ♂ Un. Rapala damona ♀ Up. Rapala damona ♀ Un.
♂, Mae Hong Son, Thailand. ♀, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Rapala damona ♂ Up. Rapala damona ♂ Un. Rapala damona ♂ Up. Rapala damona ♂ Un.
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

ON : Rapala damona Swinhoe,1890
OD : Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6)5:450-451.
TL : South Andamans.
Distribution : Nepal, Assam, Myanmar, Andamans,
Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Langkawi, W.Malaysia,
Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra, Nias, Bangka, Belitung, Java,
Bali, Lombok, Flores, Palawan.

Synonym

Rapala suffusa rubicunda Evans,1925 : J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 30(4):771. TL. Andamans.


Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Rapala damona ; Pinratana,1981 : 149, pl.27, fig.12,♂. (Chiang Mai / Chanthaburi)
Rapala damona ; Yamaguchi, Aoki & Akiyama,2005 : 56-57, fig.36,♂. (Mukdahan: Phu Huai Sing)
Rapala damona ; Ek-Amnuay et al.,2007 : 5, figs.L411,♂,♀. (Doi Suthep)
Rapala damona ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 138, figs.♂,♂(Un),♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Doi Suthep / Phu Huay Sing)

[ LAOS ]
Rapala damona ssp. ; Motono & Negishi,1989 : 77, not fig. (Tha Ngone)
Rapala damona ; Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 : 219. not fig. (List up only.)
Rapala damona ; Nakamura & Wakahara,2012 : 56.

[ CAMBODIA ]
Rapala damona ; Onodera,2008 : 60. (Mondolkiri: O Rang)

[ VIETNAM ]
Rapala damona ; Miyazaki et al.,2010 : 29, fig.L-188,♂. (Lam Dong: Madagui)
Rapala damona ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 69. (by literature)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Mae Hong Son : 6♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Chiang Mai : 12♂ 2♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


[ VIETNAM ]
Lam Dong : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes
The butterfly is common in dry forest at moderate elevations (alt. 500m - 1200m). Male makes a territory on the trees at the hilltops and is frequently seen sympatrically with Rapala dieneces. The distinguish point of the female of damona from those of dieneces and suffusa is still unclear, however I think the females illustrated above are likely to be this species. At the place that I got these, there are both dieneces and damona occur together but never seen suffusa. Therefore these females are at least not suffusa. Further taxonomic study is needed.

Literature

Swinhoe, C.,1890 : Descriptions of three new species of Lycaenidae.
Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6)5:449-451.

Evans, W.H.,1925 : The identification of Indian Butterflies. Part VIII.
J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 30(4):756-776, 1 pl.

Rapala damona ♂ Rapala damona ♂
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Rapala damona ♂ Rapala damona ♂
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

1999.07.21 - 2021.01.31.
A Check list of Butterflies in Indo-China, Chiefly from THAILAND, LAOS & VIETNAM. Copyright © Y.Inayoshi.