Melanitis phedima (Cramer, [1780]) - Dark Evening Brown

Subspecies in India

(1) Melanitis phedima varaha Moore, [1858] – Sahyadri Dark Evening Brown
(2) Melanitis phedima bethami de Nicéville, 1887 – Satpuda Dark Evening Brown
(3) Melanitis phedima bela Moore, [1858] – Bengal Dark Evening Brown
(4) Melanitis phedima ganapati Fruhstorfer, 1908 – Myanmarese Dark Evening Brown

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh41111
Assam112412
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh1
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka111212512
Kerala4153618104
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh2
Maharashtra1218213
Manipur
Meghalaya223
Mizoram
Nagaland1211
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim123951
Tamil Nadu1
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total53662971440301811
Andropogon (Kunte 2006), Apluda (Kunte 2006), Bambusa bambos (Kunte 2006), Cymbopogon (Kunte 2006), Cyrtococcum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Digitaria (Kunte 2006), Eleusine (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Eragrostis (Kunte 2006), Ischaemum semisagittatum (Kunte 2006), Ochlandra (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017), Oplismenus compositus (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Oryza sativa (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Panicum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Pennisetum (Kunte 2006), Setaria (Kunte 2006), Sorghum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Zea (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Spodiopogon rhizophorus (Kalesh & Prakash 2015) (Poaceae).

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

Saji K. & Prashanth S. N. 2022. Melanitis phedima (Cramer, [1780]) – Dark Evening Brown. 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/melanitis-phedima, accessed 2022/11/26.