Cupitha purreea

Moore 1877 - The Waxy Dart

A very small species which can not be mistaken for any other species. It is to be found in forested areas.

The English name derives from the male, which has an oval brand on the upperside of the hindwingwing which exudes a waxy substance.

The larvae of this species is unusual owing to them feeding on dicotyledons.

Flight Period

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26 - 33mm

Early Stages

Only partially known.

Larval Foodplant

Combretum latifolium and Terminalia bellirica (both Combretaceae)


From S. India, throughout Indo-~China to Palawan and Sulawesi.