Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Black-banded Hairstreak (Antigius attilia)

Adult Black-banded Hairstreak (subspecies A. a. yamanakashoji) at Kyoto Imperial Palace Gardens, Japan - July 2011

Local Name (Japan): Mizuiro-onaga shijimi (ミズイロオナガシジミ) - "Pale-blue Long-tailed Shimiji"
Featured Subspecies: Antigius attilia yamanakashoji
Length: ?
Wingspan: 14-16mm
NOT UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

This species is a hairstreak species that I located in the Park of the Imperial Palace Gardens in Kyoto.  It was found in a wooded area, which matches with general hairstreak habitat.  It is apparently found throughout the Northern continental Asian section of the Pacific rim, from Japan, China, the Russian far east down to China and Taiwan.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Antigius
SUBSPECIES: A. a. atilla, A. a. tropicanus, A. a. yamanakashoji, A. a. obsoletus

 - Sighting Locations -
JAPAN  A locally common resident.
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: Common throughout Kyoto

Further Notes:  RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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