Cynodon dactylon – Durva, Bermuda Grass

Other notes

Notes: This plant has been recorded as a new larval host for Ampittia dioscorides – Bush Hopper by Dattaprasad Sawant from Sindhudurg, Maharashtra in 2015, and for Mycalesis mineus – Dark-branded Bushbrown by Sarpita Bose from South 24 Pargana, West Bengal in 2020.



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Page citation

Sawant, D., S. Bose and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. – Durva, Bermuda Grass. 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 2024/06/25.