Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Banded Royal or Rachana jalindra burbona

The Banded Royal or Rachana jalindra burbona (Hewitson 1878)

Founded In: Paruthumpara, Idukki Dist, Kerala, India. | Date: 24/12/2015
Camera Nikon D800e / Lens Nikon 105 mm f 2.8G 

The Banded Royal, Rachana jalindra is a species of lycaenid or blue butterfly found in Asia
The male of the Banded Royal is a deep shining blue with comparatively narrow black distal borders, with a visual brand of differently coloured and more densely packed scales at the forewing cells end. The female is brown above with black eyespots at the tornal area. The underside is white, with a broad purple brown distal border, of which in the inner half is more deeply coloured. The species possess two pairs of dissimilar tails, one at vein 1b, which is ciliate throughout, and the other at vein two which is white-tipped. 

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