Girish Mahajan

Celastrina huegeli

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Lycaenidae
Scientific name  Celastrina huegeli
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Celastrina
Rank  Species
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Similar  Celastrina gozora, Celastrina lavendularis, Celastrina serotina, Celastrina lucia, Appalachian azure

Celastrina huegeli ,the large hedge blue, is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the lycaenids or blues family.

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Taxonomy

The alternate scientific name is Celastrina huegelii. The butterfly was earlier known as Lycaenopsis huegelii Moore.

The spelling of the species taxon name is usually found in literature as huegelii, except for the NHM's LepIndex site where it is recorded as huegeli.

The species is considered to consist of the following subspecies:

  • C. h. heugelii – nominate subspecies
  • C. h. singalensis – previously Lycaenopsis singalensis as per Evans and considered as Polyommatus singalensis as per NHM's LepIndex
  • C. h. dipora – dusky blue Cupid previously Everes dipora as per Evans
  • Range

    It is found in Kashmir to Kumaon in India. Markku Savela's site gives range of the butterfly as Himalayas to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and northern Thailand, the extended range being due to the inclusion of C. h. singalensis and C. h. dipora as part of the huegelii species.

    References

    Celastrina huegeli Wikipedia


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