Rapala manea chozeba

Hewitson 1863 - The Slate Flash

This species was only found for the first time on 31 May 2012. This was suprising, as it is a common species elsewhere down the peninsular. This is probably due to its similarity to other similar Rapala species, and has been misidentified up to now.

This is a species of secondary growth and the edge of woodland, and is one of the smaller members of the genus.

Flight Period



25-35 mm.

Early Stages

Fully known. For further information see Igarishi's Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume 1, pages 462/3.

Larval Foodplant

Acacia pennata (Mimosaceae), Antidesma ghaesembilla (Stilaginaceae), Bauhinia purpurea (Caesalpiniaceae), Dimocarpus longan, Nephelium lallaceum (both Sapindaceae), Durio zibethinus (Bombacaceae), Gordonia axilleris (Theaceae), Quisqualis indica (Combretaceae) and Viburnum odoratissimum (Caprifoliaceae)


Peninsular Thailand, West Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java Borneo and the Philippines.. Other subspecies found from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar and North Thailand, through Indo-China to S. China