Curetis acuta Moore, 1877 - Acute Sunbeam

Subspecies in India

(1) Curetis acuta dentata Moore, 1879 – Indian Acute Sunbeam
There have been disagreements in the past regarding which scientific name and taxonomic level should apply to the Indian populations of this species. The name and status used here is from Eliot's synonymic catalogue of species and subspecies of Curetis (Eliot 1990). Other name combinations commonly used are Curetis dentata and Curetis dentata dentata. These populations have also been referred to by varied English names: Toothed Sunbeam, Dentate Sunbeam, and Angled Sunbeam. More notes about these scientific and English names will be provided here in due course.
 

Conservation and Special status

This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh11
Assam211
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh2111
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh1
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala111
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh1211
Maharashtra76624253
Manipur
Meghalaya4
Mizoram1
Nagaland11
Odisha
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim11
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand111
West Bengal12112
Total769783546487
Butea monosperma (K. Kunte pers. obs. 2017), Pongamia pinnata (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017) (Fabaceae).

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.

 
Eliot, J. N. 1990. Notes on the genus Curetis Hübner (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae). Tyō to Ga, 41:201–225.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Curetis acuta Moore, 1877 – Acute Sunbeam. 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/curetis-acuta, accessed 2022/06/25.