Cigaritis lohita (Horsfield, [1829]) - Long-banded Silverline

Subspecies in India

(1) Cigaritis lohita lazularia (Moore, [1881]) – Tamil Long-banded Silverline
(2) Cigaritis lohita himalayanus (Moore, 1884) – Himalayan Long-banded Silverline
(3) Cigaritis lohita senama (Fruhstorfer, [1912]) – Myanmarese Long-banded Silverline
(4) Cigaritis lohita zoilus (Moore, 1877) – Andaman Long-banded Silverline

Taxonomic Information

This species is sometimes listed under the genus Spindasis. Recent phylogenetic work shows Spindasis to be embedded within Cigaritis, so this species is now treated under Cigaritis.

Conservation and Special status

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

This species has a wide distribution in South and SE Asia. It is well known from India in the Western Ghats (ssp. lazularia), Himalaya (ssp. himalayanus) and the Andaman Islands (ssp. zoilus). The image published on the Butterflies of India website (BOI-cm305) on 2017/09/14, extends the known distribution of this species well within central India. This is also the first record for Madhya Pradesh. Subspecies identity of this and other records from Central and Eastern India needs to be verified, so at present we have only mentioned species name for those records.
 
  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT211
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh4382431
Assam542213622
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa11
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka212314853
Kerala111311032
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh11
Maharashtra16291347106551329
Manipur1
Meghalaya6
Mizoram11
Nagaland141
Odisha81
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim1215
Tamil Nadu211
Tripura1311
Uttar Pradesh1
Uttarakhand2111
West Bengal31113
Total23353421242012926362937

Carissa carandas (Apocynanceae). Terminalia paniculata (Combretaceae). Dioscorea pentaphylla (Dioscoreaceae). Xylia xylocarpa (Fabaceae). Ixora brachiata, Smilax zeylanica (Smilacaceae). Also, Convolvulaceae.

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

Kunte, K. 2024. Cigaritis lohita (Horsfield, [1829]) – Long-banded Silverline. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/Cigaritis-lohita, accessed 2024/05/24.