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Ceylon Ace

Halpe ceylonica

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Ceylon ace
Halpe homolea (Hewitson, 1868) Halpe homolea - Wikipedia


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36 Comments (1–25)

Võ Anh Tuấn
Võ Anh Tuấn 2 weeks ago

Rithmini Dinhara, Of course it's up to Sahana Vajirasena.

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

Vo Anh Tuan, there are many taxonomic issues between Halpe ceylonica and Halpe egena that are still unclear. However, they are no longer considered as subspecies of Halpe homolea, it is not even recorded in SL. It's been proved that Halpe homolea is significantly different from H. egena and H. ceylonica.
And if you check under subspecies of H. homolea in Wikipedia, you will find that H. ceylonica and H. egena are not mentioned there as subspecies.

Võ Anh Tuấn
Võ Anh Tuấn 2 weeks ago

Halpe ceylonica is not listed in the Family Hesperiidae.

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

Thanks! :D

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 2 weeks ago

Will do

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

We don't have any snakes here... It's too much of a town for snakes. Plus I'm not much interested in them.
Do try to get shots of those Hesperiidae. I really love seeing your butterfly spottings...

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 2 weeks ago

There are many species of Hesperiidae in my garden. Today i saw a maroon colored on. don't know its name and im after few snakes as well now :)

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

Oh good then. I hope you will get to capture a good shot :D
I'm eager to see it again

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

Yes I saw it on the website too but it's confirmed in the van der
Poorten & van der Poorten (2016) that Ceylon Ace's scientific name should be Halpe ceylonica.
If it's Halpe homolea ceylonica, then Ceylon Ace would be considered as a subspecies of Halpe homolea, but that's not the case. Ceylon Ace is a separate species.

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 2 weeks ago

yes, but couldn't get a clear picture. I confirmed it as H. ceylonica .

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

The scientific name should be Halpe ceylonica, not Halpe homolea ceylonica.

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

Did you see it again after the 1st time?

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 2 weeks ago

Thank you

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 2 weeks ago

Sahana, the ID of the spotting I got similar to this was today confirmed to be of Ceylon Ace by an expert in this field, Dr. George Michael van der Poorten. I can't be 100% percent sure that these two are the same but this too might be Ceylon Ace.
Do try to get clearer shots of this one. They will be helpful.

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 weeks ago

lucky you
I don't have much here

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 3 weeks ago

Yeah lots of butterflies and other species here in my garden.

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 weeks ago

Ah ok lol
Btw the Chocolate Soldier spotting was amazing!
Your garden sure has a rich biodiversity :)

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 weeks ago

I faced the same problem with the light reflection... If you manage to get a shot without light reflection, then we might find a proper ID for it!
There was a cluster of bamboo trees near the place I spotted it. And Bambusa vulgaris is H. homolea ceylonica's host plant...

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 3 weeks ago

tomorrow i will go after this one, today the weather is bad here with long drizzle in the morning and entire afternoon was spent chasing a Chocolate Soldier :)

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 3 weeks ago

As i know H. homolea ceylanica is little different from the Indian nominated species and the this picture is taken during mid noon with high reflection , so the true color may vary.

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 weeks ago

This is clearly not Halpe ceylonica... The colors are way too different. I will try to find someone to confirm our suspicions. My father might know...
Post here if you get more records of this one :)

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 3 weeks ago

Ah this is Halpe homolea ceylonica (Ceylon ace)

https://biodiversityofsrilanka.blogspot....

Sahana Vajirasena
Sahana Vajirasena 3 weeks ago

Ok will do

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 weeks ago

We should try to keep more tabs on this one. I took my shots when I was on a vacation to Bandarawela, but since now I'm back home I can't keep records. But as it visited your home garden, you can do it, right? Try to get some clearer pics and also pics of upperside view.

Sahana Vajirasena
Spotted by
Sahana Vajirasena

Kirimetiya, Central Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Sep 24, 2021
Submitted on Sep 24, 2021

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