The Blue Royal Pratapa icetoides is a species of blue butterfly found in South East Asia.
The butterfly occurs in India
, the Khasi Hills
, eastwards and across to north and south Myanmar
, Peninsular Malaysia
The butterfly was previously classified as Camena icetoides
and Ancema icetoides
Not Rare Evans and Wynter-Blyth.
- For a key to the terms used see Lepidopteran glossary
The butterfly has a wingspan of 30 to 32 mm.
UP: Male - The White-banded Royal above is a shining bright blue up to base of 4 in the forewing. On the hindwing is a mid-costal white patch. The male has a large but inconspicuous brand on the UPH. Female - Pale dull powdery blue with a broad black border on both wings.
UN: The butterfly is pale-brown with no bars end cell. The FW has an outwardly white-edged discal line curved inwards. .
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