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The Sorrel Sapphire. (28)
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The Sorrel Sapphire,
Heliophorus sena (Kollar 1844),
Lycaenidae (Blues).

Heavy clouds from thunderstorms were hanging over the snow covered rugged peaks of Dhauladhar range, having brought some fresh snow to elevations above 3000m during the night, and a fresh and cool humid breeze to the foothills. A cool morning under a clouded sky often brings good opportunities to capture butterflies that normally would be too busy to get in close contact with on a warm and sunny day.

Like this one: The Sorrel Sapphire, Heliophorus sena, a small but conspicuous butterfly, endemic in the Western Himalayas, a female sitting in the Gardens of the Tara Training and Research Academy in Rakkar village near Dharamsala, at an elevation of approx. 1300m above sea level, at 8:54 in the morning of 7th April, 2012.

Larval food plant: Rumex hastatus. Locations preferred: flower rich steep slopes near rivers.

"H. sena is quite local and will rarely be found more than a few hundred meters from the nearest patch of R. hastatus. Where there is an undisturbed patch of the plant, the butterfly can be very common for most of the year. It is a common butterfly (...), especially in the vicinity of its larval host plant. Since R. hastatus grows abundantly near river banks and waterbodies, the butterfly is commonest in such places. It is on the wing from February to November." - Manari Greeshma: On the presence of Aglais cashmirensis Kollar (Nymphalidae) and Heliophorus sena Kollar (Lycaenidae) in Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh, India. In: Journal of Threatened Taxa | www.threatenedtaxa.org | August 2010 | 2(9): 1165-1166.

http://threatenedtaxa.org/ZooPrintJournal/2010/August/o238426viii101165-1166.pdf

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Rakkar village, below the Dhauladhar (White Range) montains, reaching a height of more than 5000m, in the Western Himalayas.