Purple Sapphire


  • Common Name : Purple Sapphire
  • Scientific Name : Heliophorus epicles (Fruhstorfer)
  • Family : LYCAENIDAE
  • Wingspan : 28-34mm
  • Colour : Upperside shining purple with black border. Underside bright yellow.
  • Habit : One of most beautiful butterfly of West Bengal; commonly found in the thick forests of North Bengal; They are sun-loving, found along forested paths, fast flier, fly close to ground for short distance and also visits flowers and damp patches.
  • Larval Host Plants : Polygonum spp., Rumex hastatus
  • Location : Throughout West Bengal