Arhopala aedias meritatas  Corbet, 1941

Arhopala aedias meritatas ♂ Up. Arhopala aedias meritatas ♂ Un. Arhopala aedias meritatas ♀ Up. Arhopala aedias meritatas ♀ Un.
♂, Kanchanaburi, Thailand. ♀, Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
Arhopala aedias meritatas ♂ Up. Arhopala aedias meritatas ♂ Un. Arhopala aedias meritatas ♂ Up. Arhopala aedias meritatas ♂ Un.
♂, Phetchaburi, Thailand. (photo by K.Yano) ♂, Phetchaburi, Thailand.

ON : Arhopala aedias meritatas Corbet.1941
OD : Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):153.
TL : Mergui. (♂, NHML)
Distribution : S.Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam.
[?Langkawi].

● ssp.meritatas
ssp.agnis
Arhopala aedias meritatas map

Records taken from Literature

[ THAILAND ]
Arhopala aedias meritatas ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 608, pl.275, figs.L204a♂,♂(Un). (Phrae) (in part)
Arhopala aedias meritatas ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 640, pl.290, figs.L230a♂,♂(Un). (Phrae)
Arhopala aedias meritatas ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 56. (by literature)

[ LAOS ]
Arhopala aedias meritatas ; Osada, Uémura & Uehara,1999 : 216, pl.114, fig.♀(Un). (Phong Si)
Arhopala aedias meritatas ; Nakamura & Wakahara,2012 : 53.

[ VIETNAM ]
Arhopala aedias meritatas ; Sugimoto,2011 : 54, figs.♂,♂(Un). (Khanh Hoa: Ba Ho waterfalls, Ninh Ich)
Arhopala aedias meritatas ; Monastyrskii & Devyatkin,2015 : 60. (C: Khanh Hoa)


Specimens Examined

[ THAILAND ]
Kanchanaburi : 2♂ 2♀ (incl.photo & photo by A.Giudici and L.Day).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Phetchaburi : 3♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


Notes

The butterfly is uncommon and very localized in montane forest at low to moderate elevations (Alt.350m - 900m). Males form flight paths along streams or forest edges and fly back and forth along them.
I treat the population from Phetchaburi as ssp.meritatas provisionally, although the female cannot be confirmed. The population in C.Vietnam seems a distinct subspecies. Further taxonomic study and distributional research are needed.


Literature

Corbet, A.S.,1941 : A key to the Indo-Malayan species of Arhopala Boisduval (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
Proc. R. ent. Soc. Lond. (B)10(9):149-183, figs.1-114.

Evans, W.H.,1957 : A Revision of the Arhopala Group of Oriental Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera).
Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent.) 5(3):85-141.

Sugimoto, S.,2011 : A first record of Arhopala aedias meritatas Corbet,1941 in Vietnam. (in Japanese)
Butterflies (Teinopalpus) 59:54.


Arhopala aedias meritatas ♂ Arhopala aedias meritatas ♀
♂, Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (photo by A.Giudici) ♀, Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

2009.04.20 - 2022.07.31.

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