A new topic to share your favorite Lycaenidae specimen. Not easy to choose among all the beauties of this family.
I will share a special one : special because not found in many collections and special for its unique beauty, Udara cybele from West Papua. Also special for me because I caught it in one of the most impressive places I have ever seen, the Pass Valley.
Its blue and white patterns are very poetic.
Udara cybele Pass Valley km 28
What is your favorite Lycaenidae in your collection ?
This Parrhasius m-album, or White M Hairstreak, is my favorite Lycaenid in my collection. It is not a very good specimen, but the blue coloration is beautiful, Morpho-like, and it is a very rare stray into my area (less than 15 recorded in Wisconsin, less than 5 of those were collected). The underside is rather drab, and to the untrained eye looks much like one of the common Satyrium. For this reason, I decided to try grabbing this one with my hands (at this point I was young, and not very interested in smaller butterflies). As I was pinching its thorax, I saw the shimmering blue topside and instantly recognized it! Since then, I have made sure to check every hairstreak I see, but have not yet found another one.
My favourite Lycaenid genera include Hypochrysops, Arhopala, and Lycaena. The first of these is nearly restricted to New Guinea, Australia, and a few surrounding islands. I consider them as the Lycaenid answer to Delias, so it's no wonder that I like them so much. In English, they're known as "jewels" for good reason. There are around 60 species of wildly varying colour and pattern...here's a selection.
This specimen was found in near Mukdahan National Park in eastern Thailand. I have never seen this species anywhere else but it looks like localized rather common species as I met few of them , but only at one location so far. I would ask for identification help with this one. It is not my favourite one but interesting species by large size and very long tails.
It is winter in Europe, and I finally have a little time in between of travelling...
Here are my favorite Albulina so far, Albulina metallica chitralensis, from Pakistan. There is no real identification literature of these out there and I hope to fill this void as soon as possible with my Lycaenidae of the world project.