Laxita thuisto sawaja  (Fruhstorfer, 1914)

Laxita thuisto sawaja ♂ Up. Laxita thuisto sawaja ♂ Un. Laxita thuisto sawaja ♀ Up. Laxita thuisto sawaja ♀ Un.
♂, 2016.11.28. Kanchanaburi, Thailand. ♀, 2013.01.19. Phetchaburi, Thailand.

ON : Taxila thuisto sawaja Fruhstorfer, 1914
OD : in Seitz, Grossschmett. Erde 9:791, pl.138f,♀ (as thuisto).
TL : Burma (♀).
Distribution : Myanmar (Karen Hills to Mergui), W. to P.Thailand
(Kanchanaburi to Phetchaburi).
● ssp.ephorus
Laxita thuisto sawaja map

Specimens Examined

Kanchanaburi : Thong Pha Phum dist., 2016.11.28. 1♂, LC (YI).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Phetchaburi : 3♀ (incl. photo by M.Hayashi, T.Aoyama & K.Yano).
2013.01.19. 1♀, K.Yano (YI).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


The butterfly is uncommon in montane forests at low to moderate elevations (Alt. 300 - 1000m).
I have previously treated the population from Phetchaburi, in the northern part of peninsular Thailand, as an intermediate between ssp.thuisto and ssp.sawaja. However, ssp.sawaja was found in W.Thailand, and I consider the population from Phetchaburi should be included in this taxon. Kimura et al.,2014 recorded ssp.thuisto from Tenasserim, and it is also possible to be this taxon. However, I treat it as the nominotypical subspecies until it is confirmed by specimens. Further taxonomic and distributional studies are needed.


Fruhstorfer, H.,1914 : 7. Familie: Erycinidae, B. Unterfamilie: Riodinini in Seitz, Gross-Schmett. Erde 9
785-792. (15.Apr.1914)

Laxita thuisto sawaja ♀ Laxita thuisto sawaja ♀
♀, Phetchaburi, Thailand. (photo by M.Hayashi)

Y.Inayoshi & K.Saito, 2021.12.31.

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