Citrus medica – Citron

Other notes

Notes: This plant has been recorded as a new larval host plant for Papilio polymnestor – Blue Mormon by Abhishek Rane from Sindhudurg, Maharashtra in September 2023.
This plant has also been reported as a larval host for Papilio helenus – Red Helen from Malaysia (HOSTS, 2023). It might be used in India, too, but this needs confirmation.

Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 21 Jan 2023. URL:
HOSTS (2023) - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Accessed on 21 Jan 2023. URL:
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. DOI: 10.11609/jott.3104.10.4.11495-11550.
Sengupta, P. (2021). Plant secondary metabolites — A necessary resource for both Man and Papilionid Butterflies across West Bengal, India. in Proceedings of The 1st International Electronic Conference on Entomology (Basel, Switzerland: MDPI), 10492. DOI: 10.3390/IECE-10492.
WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 21 Jan 2023. URL:

Page citation

Rane, A., and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Citrus medica L. – Citron. 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.