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Ampittia dioscorides

Ampittia dioscorides, the common bush hopper or simply bush hopper,[1][2][3][4][5] is a butterfly found in India, China, Indochina, Cambodia and on to Borneo, Sumatra and Java belonging to the family Hesperiidae.[6][7][1]

Common bush hopper
Bush hopper (Ampittia dioscorides dioscorides).jpg
A. d. dioscorides in Kerala, India
Ampittia dioscorides in Kadavoor.jpg
Male in Kerala, India
Scientific classification
A. dioscorides
Binomial name
Ampitta dioscorides
(Fabricius, 1793)


Male. Upper.side. Forewing bright golden-yellow, costal line black, outer margin with a broad even black band, slightly but squarely bulged inward at the hinder angle, a broad black baud on the hinder margin with two golden-yellow spots in it, one a little before the middle, the other a little beyond the middle; a black band running up from the middle of the hinder marginal band to the costa one-third before the apex, throwing out a cross band from above its middle and joining the marginal

band; in some examples this diseal band is disconnected from the costa from the crossbar. Hindwing blackish-brown, with an irregular-shaped, short, broad, diseal, golden yellow band, composed of spots divided by the veins, the two centre ones elongated, the lower ones small. Cilia brown, touched in parts with golden-yellow, especially at the anal angle. Underside. Forewing as above, but the extreme outer margin is more or less golden-yellow. Hindwing with the ground colour golden-yellow, most of the wing covered with minute brown scales, the diseal patch as above, edged with pale in-own, and a series of pale brown sub-marginal spots all round the wing from the base to the anal angle. Antennae black, ringed with yellow, the cIub yellow on the underside and at the tip; palpi, head and body brown above, palpi and head marked with yellow, all yellow beneath.

Female. Upperside dark brown. Forewing with a yellow spot at the end of the cell, and a diseal series of yellow spots, two, sometimes three, divided by the veins, from near the costa, one-sixth from the apex, two in the middle of the disc in the median interspaces, and a small one in the interno-median interspace, an indistinctseries of sub-marginal yellowish spots on the upper half of the wing. Underside paler. Forewing with the spots as above put larger, a yellow sub-costal streak from the base to beyond the middle. Hindwing with many minute yellow scales in parts, a discal series of yellowish spots and a sub-marginal series.


  • A. d. dioscorides Ceylon, Peninsular India, Calcutta, Sikkim to Assam, Burma[1]
  • A. d. etura (Mabille, 1891) Vietnam, Hainan, South Yunnan, Taiwan
  • A. d. camertes (Hewitson, 1868) Burma, Thailand, Laos, Yunnan, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra, Nias, Java, Bali


  1. ^ a b c R.K., Varshney; Smetacek, Peter (2015). A Synoptic Catalogue of the Butterflies of India. New Delhi: Butterfly Research Centre, Bhimtal & Indinov Publishing, New Delhi. p. 41. doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.3966.2164. ISBN 978-81-929826-4-9.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2014-03-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-03-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ W. H., Evans (1949). A Catalogue of the Hesperiidae from Europe, Asia, and Australia in the British Museum. London: British Museum (Natural History). Department of Entomology. p. 239.
  7. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a work now in the public domain: Swinhoe, Charles (1912–1913). Lepidoptera Indica. Vol. X. London: Lovell Reeve and Co. pp. 125–127.CS1 maint: date format (link)

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