Cupido lacturnus

Cupido lacturnus, the Indian Cupid,[1] is a small butterfly found in the Australasian and Indomalayan realms that belongs to the lycaenids or blues family.[1]

Cupido lacturnus
Indian cupid (Cupido lacturnus lacturnus) underside.jpg
In Sri Lanka
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cupido
C. lacturnus
Binomial name
Cupido lacturnus
(Godart, [1824])


Harry Tytler described C. l. assamica on 1915 as:

Male. Upperside: Compared to Chilades parrhasius, black border much broader on both wings. Female. Upperside: the discal greyish-blue patch on forewing much reduced, darker and hardly visible; hindwing rather darker. Underside: similar.


The subspecies of Cupido lacturnus are:[3][1]

  • Cupido lacturnus syntala Cantlie, 1963 – Gujarat southwards to Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
  • Cupido lacturnus assamica Tytler, 1915 – Himachal Pradesh to N.E. India; Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
  • Cupido lacturnus pila Evans, 1925 – Andamans & Nicobars Is. (All Nicobars).


  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. 136. doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.3966.2164. ISBN 978-81-929826-4-9.
  2. ^ Tytler, Harry Christopher (1915). "Notes on some new and interesting butterflies from Manipur and the Naga Hills". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 23 (2): 122.
  3. ^ "Everes lacturnus Godart, 1824 – Oriental Cupid". Retrieved 9 July 2017.