Libythea laius Trimen, 1879 - Lobed Beak

Subspecies in India

(1) Libythea laius lepitoides Moore, [1903] – Sahyadri Lobed Beak
 
Until recently, lepitoides was commonly listed under Libythea lepita Moore, [1858]. Kawahara (2013) moved it under Libythea laius based on the tornal lobe on the hindwing that is present in laius and lepitoides but absent in lepita.
 

Conservation and Special status

This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh1
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka121
Kerala21
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu1322110
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total123232410
Celtis australis (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Celtis tetrandra (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) Trema orientalis (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Cannabaceae). Gossypium herbaceum (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Malvaceae).

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.

 

Kawahara, A. Y. 2013. Systematic revision and review of the extant and fossil snout butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Libytheinae). Zootaxa, 3631:1-74.

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Libythea laius Trimen, 1879 – Lobed Beak. 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/libythea-laius, accessed 2022/11/29.