Mimene atropatene (Fruhstorfer, 1911)
Purple Swift
(previously known as : Parnara atropatene)
HESPERIINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult butterflies of this species are dark brown all over, with a purple sheen underneath. The hindwings have straight margins. They have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

They are found in

  • Papua,

    and in Australia in

  • north Queensland


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p. 238.

    Hans Fruhstorfer,
    Neue Hesperiden des Indo-Malayischen Faunengebietes und Besprechung verwandter Formen,
    Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift,
    Volume 25 (1911) p. 56.


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    (written 3 September 2001, updated 2 March 2017)