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Teinopalpus imperialis Hope, 1843 – Kaiser-i-Hind

Subspecies in India:

(1) Teinopalpus imperialis imperialis Hope, 1843 – Himalayan Kaiser-i-Hind

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
This species occurs in the Indian Region in E. Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and N. Myanmar, extending further east into S. China and Indo-China in several subspecific forms.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
This is an unmistakable species with bright green wings and a prominent yellow (male) or yellowish-grey (female) patch on the upper side of the hindwing. The yellow-tipped tails and red antennae are distinctive. Males and females are different, but there is relatively little individual and seasonal variation.

Status, Habitat and Habits:
This species is overall very rare but it may be locally and seasonally uncommon. It occurs in evergreen forests at mid-elevations in the Himalaya and Patkai Hills. It has been reported and photographed in the Indian Region only a few times in the past few years, and the images taken by Reddy Bei, Range Forest Officer at Talle Valley WLS, published here on 28 August 2014 (media codes BOI-av030, BOI-av031, and BOI-av032) appear to be the first photographic record of the species from Arunachal Pradesh.


Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Papilionidae > Papilioninae > Teinopalpini > Teinopalpus

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bei, R. 2018. Teinopalpus imperialis Hope, 1843 – Kaiser-i-Hind. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.35. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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