A sighting of Plastingia naga (de Nicéville, [1884]) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae) from central Assam, India

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Gaurab Nandi Das
Arajush Payra
Bitupan Boruah


The species Plastingia naga, de Niceville 1884is a very rare butterfly, and it occurs widely from Assam to Myanmar, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Philippines (Evans, 1932). Except India, recently this species was recorded from Singapore, Sumatra and Thailand. On 10 Oct 2014 around 10:00hr, a solitary individual of Plastingia naga was sighted in Panbari Reserve Forest, Central Assam. Apart from the fact that these records constitute existence of this species in North-East India, this is probably the first photographic record from North-East India.

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Gaurab Nandi Das, North Orissa University

Wildlife Biology

Arajush Payra, ZSI

Wildlife Biology

Bitupan Boruah, WII

Wildlife Biology


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