Family SATYRIDAE

Last Updated: November 17, 2001



Ypthima argus Butler, 1866

Japanese name: Hime-uranami-Janome
English name:
This species is very common in Japan.
"Hime" in Japanese name means originally a young princess. The word "hime" is often used to indicate smallness in the names of insects and plants.
"Uranami" indicates that there are wave patterns underside of the wings. "Janome" indicates eye-spot pattern.

Okura-cho, Niihama-shi, Ehime, Japan.
September 15, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96SP49M.JPG (26KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 13, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL29M.JPG (13KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 13, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL30M.JPG (13KB)
Izushima, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba, Japan.
May 4, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96MY11M.JPG (19KB)



Ypthima multistriata Butler, 1883

Japanese name: Uranami-Janome
English name:
This species is not so common compared to Ypthima argus.
"Uranami" indicates that there are wave patterns underside of the wings. "Janome" indicates eye-spot pattern.

Tomioka-mura, Iwata-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.

Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN62M.JPG (33KB)
Tomioka-mura, Iwata-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.

Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN63M.JPG (28KB)
Tomioka-mura, Iwata-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.

Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN65M.JPG (26KB)
Tomioka-mura, Iwata-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.

Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN67M.JPG (26KB)
Tomioka-mura, Iwata-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.

Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN69M.JPG (29KB)



Erebia niphonica Janson, 1877

Japanese name: Beni-Hikage
English name: Japanese Alpine
Outside of Japan this butterfly can be found from Sakhalin Is. and northern part of Korean Peninsula.
"Beni" means red color.

Ashiyasu-mura, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
September 5, 1998.
Female. Worn out.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98SP48M.JPG (37KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU09M.JPG (36KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU10M.JPG (24KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU11M.JPG (18KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU12M.JPG (38KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU15M.JPG (34KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU18M.JPG (27KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU19M.JPG (21KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU21M.JPG (31KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU22M.JPG (27KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU24M.JPG (20KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU27M.JPG (22KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU32M.JPG (28KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU42M.JPG (42KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU47M.JPG (26KB)



Erebia ligea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Japanese name: Kumoma-Beni-Hikage
English name: Arran Brown
Outside of Japan this butterfly can be found from Western Europe to Eastern Asia.
"Kumoma" literally means "among the clouds", which suggests high mountain area.

Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU28M.JPG (28KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU31M.JPG (22KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU35M.JPG (39KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU36M.JPG (17KB)
Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU38M.JPG (21KB)



Coenonympha oedippus (Fabricius, 1787)

Japanese name: Hime-Hikage
English name: False Ringlet
This butterfly is distributed from the Central Europe to Eastern Asia.
"Hikage" means "swale" or "shade" and is used for "Woodnymph".

Mikkabi-cho, Inasa-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN32M.JPG (30KB)
Mikkabi-cho, Inasa-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN33M.JPG (34KB)
Mikkabi-cho, Inasa-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN35M.JPG (40KB)
Mikkabi-cho, Inasa-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN37M.JPG (25KB)
Mikkabi-cho, Inasa-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.
June 17, 2001.

Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN40M.JPG (45KB)
Nakauri, Shinshiro-shi, Aichi, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN47M.JPG (40KB)
Nakauri, Shinshiro-shi, Aichi, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN54M.JPG (40KB)
Nakauri, Shinshiro-shi, Aichi, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN56M.JPG (38KB)
Nakauri, Shinshiro-shi, Aichi, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN58M.JPG (34KB)
Nakauri, Shinshiro-shi, Aichi, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN59M.JPG (35KB)
Nakauri, Shinshiro-shi, Aichi, Japan.
June 17, 2001.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T01JN60M.JPG (33KB)



Minois dryas (Scopoli, 1763)

Japanese name: Janome-cho
English name: Dryad
This butterfly occurs from Europe to Asia.

Natsume, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi,
Japan. July 13, 1996.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL04M.JPG (24KB)
Natsume, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi,
Japan. July 13, 1996.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL06M.JPG (26KB)
Takabatake, Tsuru-shi, Yamanashi, Japan.
August 17, 1996.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96AU56M.JPG (21KB)
Nakayama, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 31, 1996.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96AU67M.JPG (15KB)
Nakayama, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 31, 1996.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96AU76M.JPG (19KB)



Lopinga achine (Scopoli, 1763)

Japanese name: Ura-Janome
English name: Woodland Brown
This butterfly occurs from Europe to Asia.
"Ura" means underside. "Janome" means eyes of snakes??

Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 14, 1996.
Early in the morning.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL31M.JPG (29KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 14, 1996.
Early in the morning.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL32M.JPG (30KB)



Lasiommata deidamia (Eversmann, 1851)

Japanese name: Tsumajiro ura-janome
English name:
This species occurs in the northeastern part of Asia.
In Japan not rare but occurs localy.
"Tsumajiro" indicates the white in the tip portion of the forewings.

Ashiyasu-mura, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
September 5, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98SP23M.JPG (33KB)
Ashiyasu-mura, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
September 5, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98SP24M.JPG (22KB)
Ashiyasu-mura, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
September 5, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98SP24M.JPG (31KB)
Ashiyasu-mura, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
September 5, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98SP28M.JPG (40KB)
Ashiyasu-mura, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
September 5, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98SP29M.JPG (47KB)
Ashiyasu-mura, Nakakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
September 5, 1998.
Female. Worn out.
Photo by T. Kumon. T98SP30M.JPG (29KB)
Takabatake, Tsuru-shi, Yamanashi, Japan.
June 1, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN21M.JPG (24KB)



Zophoessa callipteris (Butler, 1877)

Japanese name: Hime-kimadara-Hikage
English name:
This butterfly occurs in eastern Asia.

Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98AU78M.JPG (22KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 14, 1996.
Early in the morning.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL37M.JPG (21KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 14, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL38M.JPG (19KB)



Ninguta schrenckii (Menetries, 1858)

Japanese name: Oh-Hikage
English name:
This butterfly can be found from Tibet to Sakhalin.
"Oh" or rather "Oo" means "Large". "Hikage" means "swale" or "shade" and is used for "Woodnymph".

Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
August 1, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T00AU01M.JPG (65KB)



Lethe sicelis (Hewitson, [1862])

Japanese name: Hikage-cho
English name:
This butterfly is uniquely Japanese species. This species have similar pattern with Lethe diana, but it is easy to distinguish these from each other by their colors.
"Hikage" means a shady spot where we can usually see these butterflies.

Kurokawa, Aso-ku, Kawasaki-shi,
Kanagawa, Japan. June 4, 2000.
With Neope goschkevitschii.
Photo by T. Kumon. T00JN54M.JPG (55KB)
Kurokawa, Aso-ku, Kawasaki-shi,
Kanagawa, Japan. May 31, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98MY93M.JPG (28KB)
Kurokawa, Aso-ku, Kawasaki-shi,
Kanagawa, Japan. May 31, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98MY94M.JPG (34KB)
Uenohara-cho, Yamanashi, Japan.
June 29, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN59M.JPG (23KB)
Uenohara-cho, Yamanashi, Japan.
June 29, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN61M.JPG (21KB)



Lethe daiana (Butler, 1866)

Japanese name: Kuro-hikage
English name:
This butterfly occurs eastern Asia. Very common species. This species have darker color than Lethe sicelis.
"Kuro" in Japanese name means black.

Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
July 17, 1999.

Photo by T. Kumon. T99JL79M.JPG (22KB)
Minami-asakawamachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan.
June 6, 1999.
On my hand.
Photo by T. Kumon. T99JN06M.JPG (27KB)
Kurokawa, Aso-ku, Kawasaki-shi,
Kanagawa, Japan. May 31, 1998.

Photo by T. Kumon. T98MY92M.JPG (30KB)
Hara-mura, Suwa-gun, Nagano, Japan.
July 25, 1997.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T97JL59M.JPG (47KB)
Odagawa, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi,
Japan. July 13, 1996.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL07M.JPG (16KB)
Odagawa, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi,
Japan. July 13, 1996.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL13M.JPG (16KB)
Uenohara-cho, Yamanashi, Japan.
June 29, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN42M.JPG (20KB)



Neope goschkevitschii (Menetries, 1857)

Japanese name: Sato-kimadara-Hikage
English name:
This butterfly is uniquely Japanese species. This species looks quite similar to Neope niphonica. Actually these two species treated as one species for a long time.
"Sato" means village. This name suggests that this butterfly occurs usaully in the area of lower altitude compared to niphonica.

Kurokawa, Aso-ku, Kawasaki-shi,
Kanagawa, Japan. June 4, 2000.
With Lethe sicelis.
Photo by T. Kumon. T00JN48M.JPG (81KB)
Hosakamachi, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi, Japan.
August 23, 1997.

Photo by T. Kumon. T97AU28M.JPG (29KB)
Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
June 15, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN38M.JPG (14KB)



Neope niphonica Butler, 1881

Japanese name: Yama-kimadara-Hikage
English name:
This butterfly occurs in eastern Asia.
"Yama" means mountain. This name suggests that this butterfly occurs more like in the mountain area compared to goschkevitschii.

Minoto, Chino-shi, Nagano, Japan.
May 18, 1997.
Sping form.
Photo by T. Kumon. T97MY75M.JPG (23KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 14, 1996.
Trying to absorb sweat? from my pants.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL33M.JPG (13KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 14, 1996.
Early in the morning.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL39M.JPG (29KB)
Kiyosato, Takane-cho, Kitakoma-gun,
Yamanashi, Japan. July 14, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96JL42M.JPG (26KB)



Mycalesis gotama Moore, 1858

Japanese name: Hime-Janome
English name:
This species occurs in eastern Asia.
Very common and we can see this butterfly even in the metropolitan area.
"Hime" in Japanese name means originally a young princess.
"Janome" literally means eyes of snakes.

Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
June 1, 1996.
.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN30M.JPG (17KB)
Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
June 7, 1996.
.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN31M.JPG (20KB)
Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
June 7, 1996.
.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN32M.JPG (19KB)
Nishihara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
June 15, 1996.
.
Photo by T. Kumon. T96JN37M.JPG (15KB)



Mycalesis francisca (Stoll, [1780])

Japanese name: Ko-Janome
English name:
Habitat of this species almost overlaps that of Mycalesis gotama which looks very similar. Eye spots of francisca are more closer to the margin of its wings. Generally francisca is darker than gotama.
"Ko" in Japanese name means small.

Sutama-machi, Kitakoma-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
May 30, 1999.

Photo by T. Kumon. T99MYA1M.JPG (26KB)
Odagawa, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi, Japan.
May 18, 1997.

Photo by T. Kumon. T97MY76M.JPG (32KB)
Odagawa, Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi, Japan.
May 18, 1997.

Photo by T. Kumon. T97MY78M.JPG (42KB)
Okura-cho, Niihama-shi, Ehime, Japan.
September 15, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96SP42M.JPG (13KB)
Okura-cho, Niihama-shi, Ehime, Japan.
September 15, 1996.

Photo by T. Kumon. T96SP43M.JPG (10KB)



Melanitis phedima (Cramer, 1780)

Japanese name: Kuro-konoma-cho
English name:
This butterfly can be found from India to Southeast Asai. Similar species Melanitis leda is also can be found in Japan.
"Kuro" means black. "Konoma" means "among trees".

Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
September 2, 2000.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T00SP47M.JPG (29KB)
Numazu-shi, Shizuoka, Japan.
July 23, 2000.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T00JLG0M.JPG (56KB)
Kashiwai, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba, Japan.
April 22, 2000.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T00AP80M.JPG (41KB)
Kashiwai, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba, Japan.
April 22, 2000.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T00AP82M.JPG (61KB)
Kamikuisshiki-mura, Nishiyatsushiro-gun, Yamanashi, Japan.
July 31, 1999.
Female.
Photo by T. Kumon. T99JLH0M.JPG (34KB)
Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
October 23, 1999.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T99OC86M.JPG (36KB)
Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
October 23, 1999.
Male.
Photo by T. Kumon. T99OC88M.JPG (36KB)



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