Citrus × limon – Nimbu, Lemon

Other notes

Notes: This plant has been reported as a larval host for Papilio machaon – Common Yellow Swallowtail from Holarctic region, Papilio nephelus – Yellow Helen from West Malaysia and Papilio xuthus – Asian Yellow Swallowtail from Palaearctic and Taiwan (HOSTS, 2023). It might be used in India, too, but this needs confirmation.



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Ghosh, D. and K. Mukherjee. 2018. Common Banded Peacock: Record of New Larval Host Plant of Papilio Crino from Bankura, West Bengal. Zoos Print, 33(12): 11-14.

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Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 21 Jan 2023. URL:

Page citation

Kawthankar, N. 2024. Citrus × limon (L.) Osbeck – Nimbu, Lemon. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/05/29.