A living jewel, Thermozephyrus ataxus

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A living jewel, Thermozephyrus ataxus

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An attractive Lycanidae called "Zephyrus". This species ranges from western to eastern Himalaya and several subspecies are known. These specimens were obtained from northern Myanmar (Burma). As you know, now Myanmar became a battlefield especially border areas. Now I have a scarce hope to visit there and see this magnificent Lycaenid.
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Very stunning species !
Thank you for posting it.
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Wonderful species ! And an impressive sexual dimorphism !
I agree about Burma, I am afraid it is closed for many years now... the "democratic" window has been very short...
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I'd not seen this species before - thanks for posting!

I have only two butterflies from Myanmar, which I feel fortunate to have obtained -

Papilio krishna thawgawa -
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Papilio bianor ganesa -
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livingplanet3 wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 9:53 pm Papilio bianor ganesa
Papilio bianor ganesa comes from Nepal, Bhutan and just east of there. Your specimen is Papilio bianor triumphator. I recently published a paper about these two subspecies with Shao-ji Hu and Yutaka Inayoshi, and we designated a lectotype for Papilio ganesa Westwood, 1842. It is available here https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... pilionidae
or send me a PM with your e-mail address and I will send a copy.

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adamcotton wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 10:29 pm
livingplanet3 wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 9:53 pm Papilio bianor ganesa
Papilio bianor ganesa comes from Nepal, Bhutan and just east of there. Your specimen is Papilio bianor triumphator. I recently published a paper about these two subspecies with Shao-ji Hu and Yutaka Inayoshi, and we designated a lectotype for Papilio ganesa Westwood, 1842. It is available here https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... pilionidae
or send me a PM with your e-mail address and I will send a copy.

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Many thanks for the corrected identification; I've now downloaded the paper.
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Wonderful specimens!
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Thank you all for your comments.

I am looking for western population of this fantastic Lycaenid, nominotypical subspecies, ataxus. It ranges from Pakistan to NW India (as east as Uttarakhand?). Old literatures tell it is locally common but in recent years very few records available. Is there anybody who find this species in Pakistan or NW India recently?

About Papilio krishna, I was so lucky to find this mystic Himalayan beauty in Kachin state, northern Myanmar in 2000. Here I share you with the video clip. This butterfly flew away after I filmed. Too bad!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ-fXPwBtnw
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