Sunday, January 3, 2016

Immaculate/Large/Suffused Snow Flat or Tagiades gana

Immaculate/Large/Suffused Snow Flat or Tagiades gana

Founded In: Ponkunnam, Kottayam Dist, Kerala, India. | Date: 03/01/2016
Camera Nikon D800e / Lens Nikon 105 mm f 2.8G 

Tagiades gana, commonly known as the Immaculate/Large/Suffused Snow Flat, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae. Watson (1891) gives a detailed description as follows. Male and female have a dark brown ground colour. The male has on the upperside of the forewing, three minute semi-transparent spots obliquely before the apex ; a transverse discal series of streaks, a small patch within the cell, one near the base of the wing, and exterior margin blackish ; hindwing with the lower third pure white which is straightly separated from the brown of the basal portion ; apical margin and three spots on the upper part of the disc, black, and two spots on the middle of the white anterior margin. Underside paler brown, semi-transparent spots on forewing as above : hindwing white suffused with brown along the anterior margin : upper discal and marginal spots as above black. Female paler. Upperside somewhat greyish-brown ; forewing with spots and blackish discal streaks, and hindwing with upper discal spots as in male : exterior margin of hindwing greyish-white. Underside as in male. Cilia of both sexes pure white on the lower portion of the hindwing, the rest brown.

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