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REDISCOVERY OF TIGER HOPPER OCHUS SUBVITTATUS (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA: HESPERIIDAE) FROM UTTARAKHAND, INDIA

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  • Government Post Graduate college, Ranikhet, Almora, Uttarakhand.
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Date of Publication: 19th February, 2021
VOLUME 22, NO. 4 QUARTERLY OCTOBER-DECEMBER, 2020
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
REDISCOVERY OF SMALL SILVERFORK, LETHE JALAURIDA (INSECTA:
LEPIDOPTERA: NYMPHALIDAE) FROM GARHWAL, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
by Harish Bhatt, Shankar Kumar & Paramjit Singh 198
AEGLE MARMELOS (RUTACEAE): A NEW LARVAL HOST PLANT FOR THE BLUE
MORMON BUTTERFLY PAPILIO POLYMNESTOR
by Raju Kasambe & Dilip Giri 201
CONFIRMATORY RECORD OF WAX DART CUPITHA PURREEA MOORE, 1881
(INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA: HESPERIIDAE) FROM JHARKHAND, INDIA
by Rajib Dey, Soumyajit Mondal, Supratim Deb, Subhajit Roy & Sourabh Biswas 205
NEW RECORD OF TAWNY RAJAH CHARAXES BERNARDUS (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA:
NYMPHALIDAE) FROM KUMAON, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
by Shankar Kumar, Param Jit Singh, Sagar Balmiki & Kasim Bilal 207
BURMEIA LEESI MINET, 2013 (LEPIDOPTERA: EPICOPEIIDAE): A NEW GENUS AND
SPECIES FOR INDIA
by Peter Smetacek 209
REPORT ON ADULT BEETLE CELOSTERNA SCABRATOR (FABRICIUS, 1781)
(COLEOPTERA: CERAMBYCIDAE: LAMIINAE) FEEDING ON VEGETABLE
PIGEONPEA
by Harshita A. P., Gopali, J. B., Ramanagouda S. H. Mudassar & Sangamesh, R. H. 211
FIRST RECORD OF PRIONOMMA BIGIBBOSUM (COLEOPTERA: CERAMBYCIDAE)
FROM NEPAL
by Sajan K.C., Rajkumar K.C. & Bhanubhakta Adhikari 214
REDISCOVERY OF TIGER HOPPER OCHUS SUBVITTATUS (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA:
HESPERIIDAE) FROM UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
by Shankar Kumar, Param Jit Singh & Sundar Kumar 216
NEW HESPERIIDAE (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA) LARVAL HOST PLANT
ASSOCIATIONS FROM WEST BENGAL, INDIA
by Rajib Dey 218
SOME NEW DISTRIBUTION RECORDS OF LYCAENID BUTTERFLIES IN NEPAL
by Sajan K.C. & Anisha Sapkota 226
ERANTHEMUM ROSEUM (ACANTHACEAE) AS NEW LARVAL HOST PLANT FOR THE
BENGAL SPOTTED FLAT CELAENORRHINUS PUTRA (MOORE, [1866])
by Raju Kasambe & Dilip Giri 230
FIRST RECORDS FOR NEPAL OF TWO HESPERIIDAE: GEROSIS SINICA AND
CEPHRENES ACALLE
by Piet van der Poel 233
CONFIRMATION OF RAGADIA CRISILDA (HEWITSON 1862) (LEPIDOPTERA:
SATYRINAE) AND MATAPA CRESTA (EVANS 1949) (LEPIDOPTERA: HESPERIINAE) IN
WEST BENGAL, INDIA
197
by Sourabh Biswas, Sandip Das, Rahul Biswas, Amarttya Bagchi, Ram Chandra Sha & Lakhu
Mahato 236
PSILOGRAMMA VATES (LEPIDOPTERA: SPHINGIDAE) IN GUJARAT
by Peter Smetacek, Rajashree Bhuyan & Pratiksha Patel 238
AN ADDITION TO THE KNOWN AGANAINAE FAUNA (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA:
EREBIDAE) OF INDIA
by B. Lalnghahpuii & Peter Smetacek 240
A NEW RECORD OF FLOS CHINENSIS (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA: LYCAENIDAE) FROM
WESTERN HIMALAYA, INDIA
by Shankar Kumar, Param Jit Singh, Sundar Kumar & Niharika Bisht 242
LIFE CYCLE OF OLIGONYCHUS ORYZAE (HIRST, 1926), AN IMPORTANT PEST OF
PADDY ON 3 DIFFERENT KHARIF CULTIVARS AND BORO CULTIVAR UNDER
LABORATORY CONDITIONS
by Sugandha Mukhopadhyay & Salil Kumar Gupta 244
A NEW ALTITUDINAL RECORD FOR PORITIA HEWITSONI (INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA:
LYCAENIDAE) FROM UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
by Akash Gulalia 249
EXTENSION OF THE KNOWN DISTRIBUTION OF THE CLUB SILVERLINE
BUTTERFLY, SPINDASIS SYAMA (HORSEFIELD,1829) (LEPIDOPTERA: LYCAENIDAE)
TO SATPURA TIGER RESERVE, MADHYA PRADESH
by Anupam Sisodia & Himanshu Yadav 251
EDITORIAL: REGARDING A CASE OF PLAGIARISM
by Peter Smetacek 253
Vol. 22 (4), December, 2020 BIONOTES
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REDISCOVERY OF TIGER HOPPER OCHUS SUBVITTATUS
(INSECTA: LEPIDOPTERA: HESPERIIDAE) FROM
UTTARAKHAND, INDIA
SHANKAR KUMAR1, PARAM JIT SINGH2 & SUNDAR KUMAR3
*1Government Post Graduate College, Ranikhet, Almora, Uttarakhand, 263645, India.
kumarshankar86@gmail.com
2Uttarakhand Forest Department, 21/II Vasant Vihar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 248006, India.
3Government Post Graduate College, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, 262501, India.
Reviewer: Peter Smetacek
Introduction
Tiger Hopper Ochus subvittatus (Moore,
1878) is a small butterfly. A single subspecies
is recorded from India namely, O. s.
subradiatus Moore, 1878, distributed from
Uttarakhand to north-east India (Varshney &
Smetacek, 2015). It was last documented from
Uttarakhand by Evans in 1949. It is worth
mentioning here that this species was not
recorded from Garhwal by Singh & Sondhi
(2016). During a survey organized at various
sites of Kumaon from March 2016 to
September 2020, we have recorded a total of
09 (nine) individuals of O. subvittatus. These
are the first records of this butterfly from
Uttarakhand after a long gap and hence
claimed as “rediscovery”.
Observations
During a field survey, two individuals (Figs. 1
& 2) of O. subvittatus were observed at 1130
hours on 15.ix.2016 at Balighat (29.87688 N;
79.78657 E), altitude 932 m, district
Bageshwar, Uttarakhand near a forest opening.
It was resting on a blade of grass. A single
individual was also recorded at 1030 hours on
02.x.2016 near the motor road at Baram,
Pithoragarh (29.85217 N; 80.35675 E),
altitude 847 m. In 2020, a total of 06 (six)
individuals were observed from Tuped village
(29.8672 N; 79.8065 E), altitude 1012 m, of
Bageshwar district. Two were mud-puddling
and the others were resting near the motor
road. These individuals were recorded at 1140
hours on 11.ix.2020. Sites where O.
subvittatus was photographed have been
shown in figure 3.
The sighting of this species after a long time
indicates the lack of the detailed surveys in
Uttarakhand. Bageshwar is a hot spot for the
butterfly fauna and hence immediate attention
should be given so that the documentation and
conservation of butterflies present there can be
completed. In our opinion this species was
always present there. The main reason behind
the absence for a long time, is the small size of
this species, due to which it can be easily
overlooked by beginners. Another reason is the
absence of observations at the right time and
right place. We suggest that repeated
systematic and scientifically planned surveys
should be organized in different sites of
Kumaon and Garhwal throughout the year to
document the diversity of butterflies. There are
many more butterfly species which are yet to
be rediscovered or added to the known fauna
of the state.
Acknowledgments
The corresponding author is thankful to Prof.
(Dr.) Hema Prasad, Principal, Government
Post Graduate College, Ranikhet, Almora for
her support to complete the study successfully.
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Fig.1 & 2: Underside & Upperside of Ochus subvittatus at Balighat, Bageshwar on 15.ix.2016.
Fig.3: The red dots represents the sites where Ochus subvittatus was observed.
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