Niphanda cymbia

Niphanda cymbia
Pointed Pierrot
Niphanda cymbia Underside of female.From Seitz
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Niphanda
Species: N. cymbia
Binomial name
Niphanda cymbia
De Nicéville 1884

The Pointed Pierrot (Niphanda cymbia) is a small butterfly found in India that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.


Male Upperride: violet with a brilliant effulgence in fresh specimens, fore wing: costa and termen narrowly edged with dark brown, a dark brown transverse short streak also on the discocellulars. Hind wing: costa, termen and discocellulars marked as in the fore wing, but the dark brown edging slightly broader, on the termen it is produced obscurely inwards in the posterior interspaces ; dorsum somewhat broadly dusky brown. Underside: dull whitish, JFore wing: basal half of costs shaded with brown; a streak from base between vein 12 and the subcostal vein, an inwardly oblique, very broad, lunular subbasal spot, a spot on the discocellulars, a transverse discal band, a transverse subterminal series of inwardly conical spots and a slender anticiliary line, dark brown; the transverse discal band is maculate and broken, its anterior portion to vein 3 outwardly oblique, its posterior portion below vein 3 shifted well inwards and nearly vertical; the costa above vein 12, a postdiscal transverse irregular cloud very broad anteriorly, narrow and faint posteriorly, and a transverse inner sub-terminal lunular line, pale brown. Hind wing: the humeral edge of the precostal area, two or three basal spots, a transverse subbasal line of four spots, a transverse spot on the discocellulars, with above it in vertical order two coalescent spots, a transverse curved macular discal band, an inner, subterminal, lunular, continuous broad band, a subterminal series of spots and an anticiliary line, brown; the basal and subbasal markings, the anterior of the two spots above the discocellular spot, and the posterior four subterminal spots very dark brown, almost black. The discal band has on either side of it posterior shorter macular bands, that give it an irregular and ill-defined appearance, wlnle the two spots nearest the costa of the inner markings are very large and prominent. Cilia of both fore and hind wings brown. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen brown, the thorax slightly purplish in fresh specimens, the shafts of the antennae ringed with white; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen dingy brownish-white.

Female upperside: brown. Fore wing: the costal and terminal margins, and tho area below the basal half of the cell of a darker brown than the ground-colour; an irregular transverse posterior discal series of dark brown spots, between which and the dark basal area on the inner side and between it and the broad dark terminal band on the outer side the ground-colour is replaced by dingy white. Hind wing: a post-discal series of white spots, and a subterminal series of inwardly conical very dark brown spots, the posterior spots of which are edged narrowly both on the inner and outer sides with white. Both fore and hind wings with slender black anticiliary lines. Underside: ground-colour a purer white than in the male; markings similar but all narrower and more clearly defined. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen brown, of a paler shade than in the male the thorax not purplish; beneath: palpi, thorax and abdomen white.[1]


  1. ^ Bingham, C. T. 1907. Fauna of British India. Butterflies. Volume 2

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