Recent records of the rare Mountain Tortoiseshell Aglais rizana (Moore, 1872) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in the upper Garhwal, western Himalaya, India, after 100 years

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Arun Pratap Singh
Tribhuwan Singh


The present study reports the occurence of Mountain Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis rizana (Moore,1872) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) from the upper Garhwal  region of the Western Himalaya after a gap of over 100 years. Earlier records of specimens collected across its distribution range in N W India by other authors along with morphological variations are also presented with details and images. Morphological features distinguishing it with N.cashemirensis aesis are also discussed.

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Arun Pratap Singh, Entomology Branch, Forest Protection Division, Forest Research Institute, P.O. New Forest, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248006, India.


Tribhuwan Singh, Entomology Branch, Forest Protection Division, Forest Research Institute, P.O. New Forest, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248006, India.

Junior Research Fellow, under the ICFRE funded project " Butterflies associated with different forest types/sub-types in Uttarakand, India.


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