Anthene emolus (Godart, [1824]) - Common Ciliate Blue

Subspecies in India

(1) Anthene emolus emolus (Godart, [1824]) – Bengal Common Ciliate Blue
(2) Anthene emolus andamanicus (Fruhstorfer, 1916) – Andaman Common Ciliate Blue
 

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These records extend the range of this species to Kumaon, Uttarakhand. Evans (1932) lists the distribution of this species as "S. India, Sikkim-Burma". Wynter-Blyth (1957) listed its range as "S. India. Sikkim to Assam and Burma. Bengal. Orissa." Cantlie (1962) added "Bihar" to the known distribution mentioned above. Smith (1994) lists this species from Nepal as "Not rare across the Country." However, there are no published records of this species from Uttarakhand, hence these records extend its range further westwards. The species was seen commonly across the Ramnagar Forest Division and Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve during a 3 day visit in Oct 2016. Surveys in the same area in previous years had not yield any records of this species. Coincidentally, Shankar Kumar photographed this species in July 2016 at Haldwani, Nainital District, Uttarakhand.
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands1
Andhra Pradesh1
Arunachal Pradesh21214
Assam1947315515
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh11
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa1
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka16
Kerala1111311
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh11226
Maharashtra1
Manipur1
Meghalaya1642
Mizoram1
Nagaland11
Odisha11111
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim111
Tamil Nadu
Tripura1
Uttar Pradesh132
Uttarakhand
West Bengal12324213
Total231130151311728151116
Mangifera indica (Robinson et al. 2010) (Anacardiaceae). Combretum latifolium (Bell 1918b; Wynter-Blyth 1957), Terminalia paniculata (Wynter-Blyth 1957) (Combretaceae). Cassia fistula (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Robinson et al. 2010), Saraca asoca (Bell 1918b; Wynter-Blyth 1957) (Fabaceae). Heynea trijuga (Wynter-Blyth 1957) (Meliaceae). Litchi chinensis (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Sapindaceae).

Key Reference:
Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550.

For the complete list of larval host plants of Indian butterflies, see the page on larval host plants.

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Anthene emolus (Godart, [1824]) – Common Ciliate Blue. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.06. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/anthene-emolus, accessed 2022/08/12.