Subspecies in India
No subspecies are listed under this species.
Photo Gallery and Species Biology
Endemic to the eastern Himalaya. Known only from eastern Bhutan, and from the Eaglenest WLS in western Arunachal Pradesh so far.
This species was previously known only from a single female (type specimen), which was collected from Dokyong La, Bhutan, at 3,000m asl on 1927/03/25 by F. M. Bailey (Evans 1957). Recently, a specimen was photographed mud-puddling at the Lama Camp (27¼08.48'N & 92¼27.23'E; 2,350m asl) in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in W. Arunachal Pradesh, adjacent to Bhutan, in the second week of Nov. 2008, by Animish Mandrekar. This appears to be only the second record of the species. This species has an unusual wing shape for an Arhopala and d'Abrera (1986) has remarked that it looks rather similar to members of Mahathala.
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|Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT|
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Anonymous 2023. Arhopala curiosa (Evans, 1957) – Curious Oakblue. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/arhopala-curiosa, accessed 2023/06/09.