Virachola smilis smilis  (Hewitson, [1863])

Virachola smilis smilis ♂ Up. Virachola smilis smilis ♂ Un. Virachola smilis smilis ♀ Up. Virachola smilis smilis ♀ Un.
♂, 2015.08.22. Sa Kaeo, Thailand. (photo by K.Yano) ♀, Bolikhamxai, Laos. (photo by H.Onodera)
Virachola smilis smilis ♂ Up. Virachola smilis smilis ♂ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand.

ON : Deudorix smilis Hewitson, [1863]
OD : Ill. diurn. Lep. Lycaenidae 1:18, pl.8, figs.22,23.
TL : E.India.
Distribution : India, Assam, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos,
Cambodia, Vietnam, W.Malaysia.
Virachola smilis smilis map

Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Virachola smilis smilis ; S.Sophonviwatkul, C.Sunthornwiphat & T.Laola,2015- : Butterflies of Thailand, figs. (Sa Kaeo; Yala) (accessed: 2022.10.07)
Virachola smilis smilis ; Saito & Inayoshi,2018 : 38, fig.114,♂,♂(Un),115,♂,♂(Un). (Sa Kaeo; Yala)

[ LAOS ]
Virachola smilis smilis ; Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 : 219. pl.126, fig.♂,♂(Un). (Thabok; Xam Neua)
Virachola smilis smilis ; Nakamura & Wakahara,2012 : 55.

[ CAMBODIA ]
Virachola smilis ; Monastyrskii et al.,2011 : 130. (Phnom Samkos W.S.)

[ VIETNAM ]
Virachola smilis smilis ; Saito et al.,2011 : 50, fig.16A♀,16B♀(Un). (Dak Nong: Quang Son)
Virachola smilis smilis ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 68. (by literature)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Kanchanaburi : 1♂ (photo by A.Giudici).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Sa Kaeo : 2♂ 1♀ (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul & K.Yano).
2009.05.01. 1♂, S.Sophonviwatkul (photo) ; 2015.08.22. 1♂, K.Yano (YI).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 3♂ (incl.photo by S.Atdhabhan & A.Giudici).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


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


Notes

The butterfly is uncommon in montane forest at moderate elevations (alt.400m - 1100m) and is frequently found at hilltops. Males are territorial on trees.
The first discovery in Thailand is a photo taken by Mr.Supat Sophonviwatkul on 01.May.2009 in Sa Kaeo, E.Thailand. And Mr.Koichi Yano confirmed by specimen on 22.Aug.2015 at the same locality. Since then it was discovered in Yala and Kanchanaburi one after another.


Literature

Hewitson, W.C.,1863-1878 : Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae.
London, van Vorst. x+229pp. and 14a-14h, Suppl. 1-47; pls. (108, numbered;)
1-85, 88-92, 3a,3b,3c, Suppl.I-VII, Ia, Ib, IIIa, IIIb, IVa, Va, Vb. In 8 parts.


Virachola smilis smilis ♂ Virachola smilis smilis ♀
♂, 2009.05.01. Sa Kaeo, Thailand. (photo by S Sophonviwatkul) ♀, Sa Kaeo, Thailand. (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul)
Virachola smilis smilis ♂ Virachola smilis smilis ♀
♂ (territorial behavior), Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (photo by A.Giudici) ♂, Yala, Thailand. (photo by A.Giudici)
Virachola smilis smilis ♂
♂ (territorial behavior), Yala, Thailand. (photo by S.Atdhabhan)

2012.08.15 - 2022.10.31.

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