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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Hesperiidae > Hesperiinae > Aeromachini > Halpemorpha

Halpemorpha hyrtacus (de Nicéville, 1897) – White-branded Ace

Subspecies in India:

No subspecies are listed under this species, which is also known as the Bicolour Ace. It was traditionally treated as a species under the genus Sovia (Sovia hyrtacus) but was recently moved to the newly raised genus, Halpemorpha Huang, Fan & Chiba, 2019 (Huang et al. 2019).

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
This species is endemic to the Western Ghats.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Poaceae (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Robinson et al. 2010), Bambusa spp. (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017),Ochlandra scriptoria (Kalesh & Prakash 2015), Ochlandra talbotii (Bell 1926), Ochlandra travancorica (Kalesh & Prakash 2007) (Poaceae). Kydia calycina (Robinson et al. 2010)(Malvaceae) is also reported but needs verification.

Key Reference:
Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550.

For the complete list of larval host plants of Indian butterflies, see the page on larval host plants.

Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Huang, Z.-F., H. Chiba, J. Jin, A. G. Kizhakke, M. Wang, K. Kunte, and X. Fan. 2019. A multilocus phylogenetic framework of the tribe Aeromachini (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae), with implications for taxonomy and biogeography. Systematic Entomology, 44:163–178.

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Hesperiidae > Hesperiinae > Aeromachini > Halpemorpha

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K., B. Valappil, and K. Kunte. 2021. Halpemorpha hyrtacus (de Nicéville, 1897) – White-branded Ace. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.21. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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