Butterflies of the
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Ultapani, Assam, India ©
The genus Rapala comprises of about 30
species found variously in India, Thailand, Tibet, Siberia, China,
Japan, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and Java.
The butterflies are popularly known as Flashes because of their
rapid flight and the reflective blue or orange areas on their upper
wings. The undersides of most species have prominent post median
bands and dark bars at the end of the discal cells, and a patch of
blue scales and black spot next to the short filamentous tail.
Rapala manea is one of the most widely
distributed species, being found in India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia,
China, Malaysia and Sumatra.
This species inhabits rainforest and humid deciduous forest at
elevations up to about 800m.
To be completed.
Males are usually encountered singly, perching on foliage in dappled
sunlight. Both sexes normally rest with their wings held erect, but
will sometimes bask on foliage early on sunny mornings.