Spialia galba (Fabricius, 1793) - Asian Grizzled Skipper

Subspecies in India

(a) Spialia galba galba (Fabricius, 1793) – Indian Grizzled Skipper
 

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The historically well-known range of Lethe ramadeva in India is Sikkim. This appears to be the first record of the species from Arunachal Pradesh, and the species likely occurs all along the mid-elevations in the Eastern Himalaya.


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


This is a very rare species that is known only from a few localities. Modern records are scarce. It occurs in mixed subtropical evergreen forests at mid-elevations.

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh1221
Arunachal Pradesh1
Assam11111
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh112241
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi1411
Goa
Gujarat12
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh1
Jammu and Kashmir UT1
Jharkhand
Karnataka2365716149941
Kerala314361134213
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh23114
Maharashtra1115144188666
Manipur11
Meghalaya
Mizoram1
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan1
Sikkim1
Tamil Nadu111112
Tripura1
Uttar Pradesh1312
Uttarakhand131441
West Bengal24121
Total556131924725352282412
Glycine max (Robinson et al. 2010) (Fabaceae). Alcea rosea (Robinson et al. 2010), Hibiscus (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Sida rhombifolia (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Melochia corchorifolia (Kalesh & Prakash 2007), Urena lobata (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Waltheria indica (Davidson et al. 1897; Swinhoe 1913; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010) (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.

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Spialia galba (Fabricius, 1793) – Asian Grizzled Skipper. 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/spialia-galba, accessed 2022/11/27.