Drupadia scaeva scaeva  (Hewitson, [1863])

Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♂ Up. Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♂ Un. Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♀ Up. Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♀ Un.
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♀, Ranong, Thailand.
Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♂ Up. Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♂ Un. Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♀ Up. Drupadia scaeva scaeva ♀ Un.
♂, Ranong, Thailand. ♀, Satun (Koh Tarutao), Thailand.

ON : Myrina scaeva Hewitson, [1863]
OD : Ill. diurn. Lep. Lycaenidae 1:30-31, 2:pl.15, figs.39,♂(Un),40,♂.
TL : Singapore. (NHML)
Distribution : P.Thailand (Ranong and southward), Langkawi,
W.Malaysia, Tioman, {Singapore}, Borneo, Sumatra.

● ssp.melisa
Drupadia scaeva scaeva map

Type Material Information

Holotype ♂, Singapore. (A.R.Wallace) (NHML)

Records taken from Literature

Drupadia scaeva scaeva ; Pinratana,1981 : 124, pl.23, figs.1,♂,2,♂(Un). (Trang; Yala)
Drupadia scaeva melisa ; Pinratana,1981 : 124. not fig. (Yala)
Drupadia scaeva scaeva ; Seki,1986 : 19-20. (Ranong)
Drupadia scaeva scaeva ; Ek-Amnuay,[2007] : 676, pl.309, figs.L330c♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Ranong; Yala)
Drupadia scaeva scaeva ; Les Day,2011-2022 : Samui Butterflies, figs. (Koh Samui) (accessed: 2022.07.30)
Drupadia scaeva scaeva ; Ek-Amnuay,2012 : 714, pl.327, figs.L354c♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Ranong; Surat Thani; Yala)
Drupadia scaeva scaeva ; Kimura et al.,2014 : 108, figs.♂,♂(Un),♂,♂(Un),♂,♂(Un),♀,♀(Un),♀,♀(Un). (Hat Supin; Nam Tok Tonesai; Ka Chong; Thaleban; Than To WF.)

Specimens Examined

Ranong : 7♂ 1♀.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Nakhon Si Thammarat : 3♂ (photo by E.Ikari).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Phatthalung : 1♂.
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Satun (Koh Tarutao ; Khuan Don dist.) : 3♀ (incl. photo by E.Ikari).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec

Yala : 3♂ (incl. photo).
JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec


The butterfly is not rare in montane forest at low to moderate elevations. Males are territorial on shrubs or trees at forest edges from 11:30 - 14:00.
Some male examples obtained in January are dwarf, have no blue patch on the UpF, and the UpH blue is restricted as Cowan,1974 pointed out.
A female example from Koh Tarutao has an obscure red patch on the UpF. Further taxonomic study is needed.


Hewitson, W.C.,1863-1878 : Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae.
London, van Vorst. x+229pp. and 14a-14h, Suppl. 1-47; pls. (108, numbered;)
1-85, 88-92, 3a,3b,3c, Suppl.I-VII, Ia, Ib, IIIa, IIIb, IVa, Va, Vb. In 8 parts.

Cowan, C.F.,1974 : The Indo-Oriental Genus Drupadia Moore (Lepidoptera : Lycaenidae).
Bull. Brit. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent.) 29:283-656, 6 pls.

Drupadia scaeva scaeva  ♂ Drupadia scaeva scaeva  ♂
♂, Yala, Thailand. ♂ (territorial behavior), Yala, Thailand.
Drupadia scaeva scaeva  ♂
♂, Yala, Thailand.

1999.07.18 - 2022.07.31.

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