Baspa melampus

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Indian Red Flash
Baspa melampusMal left, female right.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Baspa
Species: B. melampus
Binomial name
Baspa melampus
(Stoll, 1781)

Rapala melampus

The Indian Red Flash Baspa melampus [1] is a species of blue butterfly found in South East Asia.


The butterfly occurs in Sri Lanka and in India from South India to Orissa, and, in the north from Murree to Kumaon [2] The range extends to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo and Bangka.[3]

Indian red flash UN
Indian red flash UP


The butterfly was previously classified as Rapala melampus (Stoll, 1781)[2] It is also sometimes treated as a subspecies of Rapala iarbus.[3]


Not Rare.[2]

Cited references

  1. ^ Card for Baspa melampus in LepIndex. Accessed 14 Jun 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Evans,W.H.(1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies, ser no H85.16, pp 299.
  3. ^ a b Marrku Savela's Website on Lepidoptera Page on Rapala genus.

See also


  • Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B. (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication.
  • Evans, W.H. (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. (2nd Ed), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
  • Haribal, Meena (1994) Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and their Natural History.
  • Marrku Savela's Website on Lepidoptera [1].
  • Wynter-Blyth, M.A. (1957) Butterflies of the Indian Region, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.