Caerulea coeligena chengmaica  Murayama,1993

Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Up. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Un. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀ Up. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀ Un.
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♀, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Up. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Un. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀ Up. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀ Un.
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♀, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Up. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Un. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Up. Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Un.
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

ON : Caerulea coeligena chengmaica Murayama,1993
OD : The Nature and Insects 28(9):34, fig.1(HT,♂),(PT,♀).
TL : Fang, Chengmai, N.Thailand.



Distribution : N.Thailand.
Caerulea coeligena chengmaica map

Synonym

Caerulea coeligena siamensis ; Schröder,2006 : 101, figs.11(HT,♂),12(HT,♂Un),13(PT,♀),14(PT,♀Un). TL. Doi Pha Hom Pok, Chiang Mai. (ZMFK)


Type Material Information

chengmaica :
Holotype ♂, 1992.iii. Fang, Chengmai, North Thailand.
Paratype 1♀, same data as holotype.

siamensis :
Holotype ♂, 2003.iii. Doi Pha Hom Pok, Mae Ai, Phang [Fang] dist., Chiang Mai, North Thailand. Ihle leg. (ZMFK)
Paratypes 5♂ 3♀, same data as holotype. (ZFMK & in coll.Schröder)


Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Caerulea coeligena ; Eliot,1987 : 24. (Fang: Doi Pha Hom Pok)
Caerulea coeligena coelestis ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 592, pl.268, figs.L168,♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Doi Pha Hom Pok)
Caerulea coeligena coelestis ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 614, pl.278, figs.L184,♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Doi Pha Hom Pok)
Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 194, figs.♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Doi Pha Hom Pok)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Chiang Mai : 20♂ 5♀ (incl.photo).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes

The butterfly is locally common in montane forest at high elevation.
The host plat seems Gentiana sp. Based on the ecology of related species, it is assumed that the larvae are carried to the ant nest and grow there.
Huang & Cao,2019 placed this taxon as a subspecies of coelestis based on female markings and its isolated distribution. However, the ground color of the upperside of male is closer to coeligena than coelestis. Therefore I am tentatively using the conventional classification. Further taxonomic study is needed.


Literature

Murayama, S.,1993 : A butterfly of the Glaucopsyche-group from North Thailand.
The Nature and Insects 28(9):34. (in Japanese)

Schröder, S.,2006 : Some little known lycaenids from the Phang District of northern Thailand (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
Nachr. entomol. Ver. Apollo, N.F. 27(3):97-102.

Huang, H. & F. Cao,2019 : A new species of Caerulea Forster,1938 from W.Guizhou (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
Neue Ent. Nachr. 78:256-364.


Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♀, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. ♀, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀ Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♀
♀ (laying egg), Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Caerulea coeligena chengmaica ♂ Caerulea coeligena chengmaica eggs
♂, Chiang Mai, Thailand. eggs, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

1999.07.11 - 2021.11.30.

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