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Lethe nicetella

Lethe nicetella
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1984-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax LX, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of the other countries of Asia, Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 - [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 9:16
Viewed: 5193
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lethe nicetella de NicÚville, 1887 The Small Woodbrown

Here is a Himalayan Satyrid about which I can find very little information on the web. The size is approximately the same as the European Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina, but of course you won't find it in Europe. The distribution is quite limited, appearing to be restricted to Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet. The underside is as you see it here, the upperside is dull reddish brown with ocelli only on the hind wings.

This individual is pictured drinking from some moss beside a rocky stream bed at about 6,000 feet elevation.

In some books, you might find this referred to under the genus Zophoella, but most authors nowadays consider this to be an objective synonym of the older genus Lethe.

The image has been resized and sharpened for TN, from a scanned slide.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-22 9:23]

hi alan,
wonderful butterfly..great composition.nice details.good pov,

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  • drmw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 98] (1192)
  • [2008-01-22 10:16]

Hi Alan,

A rather more colorful satyrid than one usually sees.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-22 12:53]

Hello Alan,
this is a rarely encountered species of the Satyrinae and indeed there is only little information in the literature. It appears that it is uncommon in Nepal and occurs in Sikkim. Some informations are found in:
- Bingham C.T. (1905) The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. - London.
- Talbot G. (1975) The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. - New Dehli.

Thank you, Alan, for this valuable contribution showing a life specimen of this rare butterfly.
Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Alan,
un'altra specie interessante e poco nota si aggiunge alla tua galleria.
Grazie per presentare e fare conoscere a tutti noi questi importanti endemismi.

Hi Alan,
A lovely capture of this small woodbrown. Very well composed with excellent details and a nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Alan, elegant butterfly with splendid details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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