Curetis insularis  (Horsfield, [1829])

Curetis insularis ♂ Up. Curetis insularis ♂ Un. Curetis insularis ♂ Up. Curetis insularis ♂ Un.
♂, Ranong, Thailand. ♂, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.
Curetis insularis ♂ Up. Curetis insularis ♂ Un. Curetis insularis ♂ Up. Curetis insularis ♂ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♂, Yala, Thailand.

ON : Phaedra insularis Horsfield, [1829]
OD : Descr. Cat. lepid. Ins. (2):125.
TL : Java. (NHML)
Distribution :
S.Myanmar, P.Thailand (Ranong and Southward),
Langkawi, W.Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Lombok.
Curetis insularis map


Curetis insularis sperthis ♀.forma pseudoinsularis Fruhstorfer, 1908 : Stett. ent. Ztg. 69:53. TL. Malay Halbinsel ; Sumatra. (NHML) (IFS)
Curetis sanatana tagalina Fruhstorfer, 1908 : Stett. ent. Ztg. 69:58. TL. N.Borneo. (NHML)
Curetis insularis pseudoinsularis Seitz, [1924] : in Seitz, Grossschmett. Erde 9:935, pl.162. TL. N.Sumatra. (NHML)

Records taken from Literature

Curetis insularis pseudoinsularis ; Godfrey,1930 : 327. (Pattani: Khao Kalakiri)
Curetis insularis pseudoinsularis ; Godfrey,1932a : 272. (P)
Curetis insularis pseudoinsularis ; Pinratana,1981 : 154, pl.29, figs.8,♂,9,♂(Un). (Ranong; Trang; Yala)
Curetis insularis ; Eliot,1990 : 223. (Thailand)
Curetis insularis pseudoinsularis ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 554, pl.251, figs.L58,♂,♂(Un),♂. (Ranong)
Curetis freda ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : pl.251, figs.L59,♂,♂,♂(Un). (in part)
Curetis insularis ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 568, pl.257, figs.L83,♂,♂(Un),♂. ('Nakhon Nayok'; Ranong)
Curetis freda ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : pl.258, figs.L84,♂,♂,♂(Un). (in part)
Curetis insularis pseudoinsularis ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 46, figs.♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Key Rap Nan; Than To WF.)

Specimens Examined

Ranong : 3♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Nakhon Si Thammarat : 2♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 23♂ (incl. photo).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


The butterfly is common in montane forests at low to moderate elevations (Alt. 50 - 650m). Males frequently come to the banks of streams and puddles to suck water.
Ek-Amnuay,2012 recorded it from Nakhon Nayok, but this is thought to be an erroneous location or misidentification.


Horsfield, T.,1828-1829 :
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Lepidopterous Insects contained in the Museum of the Honourable East-India Company, illustrated by coloured figures of new Species and of the Metamorphosis of Indian Lepidoptera, with introductory Observations on a general arrangement of this Order of Insects.
London. Parbury, Allen and Co., 2 parts.

Fruhstorfer, H.,1908 : Neue Curetis und Uebersicht der bekannten Arten.
Stett. ent. Ztg. 69:49-59.

Eliot, J.N.,1990 : Notes on the Genus Curetis Hübner (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae)
Trans. lepid. Soc. Japan 41(4):201-225.

Curetis insularis ♂ Curetis insularis ♂
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♂, Yala, Thailand.
Curetis insularis ♂ Curetis insularis ♂
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♂, NaKhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.

1999.05.24 - 2021.06.30.

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