Rapala melida nicevillei  Swinhoe,1911

Rapala melida nicevillei ♂ Up. Rapala melida nicevillei ♂ Un. Rapala melida nicevillei ♀ Up. Rapala melida nicevillei ♀ Un.
♂, Chanthaburi, Thailand. ♀, Chanthaburi, Thailand.
Rapala melida nicevillei ♂ Up. Rapala melida nicevillei ♂ Un. Rapala melida nicevillei ♂ Up. Rapala melida nicevillei ♂ Un.
♂, Sa Kaeo, Thailand. (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul) ♂, Chanthaburi, Thailand.

ON : Rapala nicevillei Swinhoe,1911
OD : in Moore, Lep. Ind. 9:49-50, pl.716, figs.1,1a-b.
TL : Sylhet, Assam.
Distribution : Assam, Myanmar, S.E.Thailand, Laos, S.Vietnam.

Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Rapala melida melida ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 716, pl.327, figs.L421,♂,♂(Un). (Chanthaburi) (in part)
Rapala melida melida ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 762, pl.350, figs.L442,♂,♂(Un). (Chanthaburi) (in part)
Rapala melida nicevillei ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 142, figs.♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Kao Soi Dao / Pliewn WF)
Rapala melida nicevillei ; S.Sophonviwatkul, C.Sunthornwiphat & T.Laola,2019- : Butterflies of Thailand, fig. (Sa Kaeo)

[ LAOS ]
Rapala elcia rhoecus ; Motono & Negishi,1989 : 77, pl.109, figs.A3,♂,A4,♂(Un). (Vang Vieng)
Rapala melida nicevillei ; Nakamura & Wakahara,2012 : 56.

[ VIETNAM ]
Rapala melida nicevillei ; Miyazaki, Saito & Saito,[2007] : 68, figs.L-138,♂,♀. (Lam Dong: Dambri ; Dai Duc Me)
Rapala melida nicevillei ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 69. (by literature)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Sa Kaeo : 1♂ (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Chanthaburi : 4♂ 2♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


[ VIETNAM ]
Lam Dong : 8♂ 2♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes
The butterfly is uncommon in montane forest at low elevations (alt.200m - 300m).
My record of female from Nan was misidentification of rhoecus. In Thailand, the species is known only from south east to eastern regions.

Literature

Swinhoe, C.,1911-1912: in Moore, Lepidoptera Indica. vol.IX. Rhopalocera, Family Lycaenidae.
9:1-144,1911 ; 145-278,1912. L.Reeve & Co., London.

Takanami, Y.,1998 : Genus Rapala (Lycaenidae) of the Southeast Asian Islands. (in Japanese)
Butterflies 19:41-57, 5 pls.

Rapala melida nicevillei ♂ Rapala melida nicevillei ♂
♂, Sa Kaeo, Thailand. (photo by S.Sophonviwatkul)

1999.07.21 - 2020.09.30.
A Check list of Butterflies in Indo-China, Chiefly from THAILAND, LAOS & VIETNAM. Copyright © 1996- Y.Inayoshi.