Baspa melampus

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Indian red flash
Male 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

Baspa melampus, the Indian red flash[1] is a species of blue (Lycaenidae) 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]


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


In 1932, William Harry Evans described the species as not rare.[2]

See also

Cited references

  1. ^ Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Rapala sorya". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Natural History Museum.  Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Evans, W.H. (1932). The Identification of Indian Butterflies (2nd ed.). Mumbai, India: Bombay Natural History Society. p. 299, ser no H85.16. 
  3. ^ a b Rapala at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms