Orsotriaena medus (Fabricius, 1775) - Medus Brown

Subspecies in India

(1) Orsotriaena medus medus (Fabricius, 1775) – Oriental Medus Brown
(2) Orsotriaena medus mandata (Moore, [1858]) – Sahyadri Medus Brown
(3) Orsotriaena medus nicobarica Evans, 1932 – Nicobar Medus Brown
This species has been popularly known in India by an English name, the Nigger, since 1932 but this name is racially offensive and therefore no longer socially acceptable. Recently, three other alternative names have been suggested for it: Junglebrown (Smith 1989), Dusky Bush-brown and Smooth-eyed Bush-brown (Braby 1997, 2010). We use the name Medus Brown on this website because it is both simple and reflects the scientific name of the species, so it is easy to remember.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands111111
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh1112
Assam4166219312
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh11
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa1311
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka521111212582
Kerala7113131283141
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra1114167
Manipur
Meghalaya11
Mizoram1
Nagaland13
Odisha
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim1
Tamil Nadu11
Tripura11
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total1949132481337214813
Brachiaria mutica (Kalesh & Prakash 2007), Oryza sativa (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010) (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.

 
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Page citation

Saji, K., N. Kawthankar, and K. Kunte 2022. Orsotriaena medus (Fabricius, 1775) – Medus 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/orsotriaena-medus, accessed 2022/08/15.