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Lycaena kasyapa (Moore, 1865)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Chrysophanus kasyapa Moore, 1865: 506.
Type locality: NW Himalaya, lower Kunawur, 7000-8000 feet
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Chrysophanus zariaspa Moore, 1874: 271. Type locality: NE Cashmere, Soonamurg. Infrasubspecific form.


: India : Pakistan : India
Picture from: Seitz 1908
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: Pakistan underside    
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Description of adults: (Moore 1965). : "Male bright coppery red, with purple reflexions: fore wing with the extreme edge of the costa and exterior margin black, the latter submarginally bordered with purple; a black spot within discoidal cell, a second transversely closing the cell, four near the apex obliquely from the costa, and four others descending the disk: hind wing with the anterior and exterior margins black, bordered submarginally with purple, which latter colour also borders the anal margin; a minute dot within discoidal cell, a narrow streak closing the cell, and a series of five discal spots black: body black. Underside metallic greyish blue, with greenish reflexion at base of hind wing; fore wing with the black spots as above, also a short black submarginal streak from posterior angle, between which and the discal spots the space is ferruginous; hind wing with a discal series of minute black dots: body and legs white; cilia white."

: The female is much darker brown.


The species is known only from the west Himalayas, from Chitral to Mussoorie (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001).


The imagines occur in June in richly wooded country (Moore 1865).


The bluish-green underside makes the species unmistakeable (Bozano & Weidenhoffer 2001).

Worth knowing:


Bozano, G. C. & Z. Weidenhoffer 2001. Guide to the Butterflies of the Palaearctic Region. Lycaenidae I, Subfamily Lycaeninae. Omnesa Artes, Milano, 62 pp.
Moore, F. 1865. List of diurnal Lepidoptera collected by Capt. A. M. Lang in the N.W. Himalayas. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London: 486-509, pl. XXX, XXXI.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2016.10.19
Kurz Michael: 2016.10.27
not reviewed