Potanthus spp - - Dart spp.

Subspecies in India

There are 19 species of Potanthus in India. Their species-level identification is based largely on structures of the male genitalia. Hence, they cannot be identified easily based on external traits such as wing patterns. The images below thus represent the genus on the whole. We will create pages for individual species as we photograph in nature, collect and dissect specimens with confirmed species assignments, or with museum specimens.
 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT11
Andhra Pradesh1
Arunachal Pradesh11112
Assam1241111
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh11111
Jammu and Kashmir UT2
Jharkhand
Karnataka411444622132
Kerala251181185189
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh21
Maharashtra1113132
Manipur1111
Meghalaya271
Mizoram
Nagaland11111
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan1
Sikkim1453511
Tamil Nadu142
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh2
Uttarakhand1111221
West Bengal12115
Total6711221023151127404018
Potanthus diana (Chinese Dart) - Poaceae (K. Kunte pers. obs. 2017), Imperata cylindrica (Kalesh & Prakash 2015) (Poaceae).
Potanthus pallida (Pallid Dart) - Bambusa (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Oryza (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Saccharum (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Poaceae).
Potanthus palnia (Bright Palni Dart) - Bambusa (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Setaria barbata (Kalesh & Prakash 2015) (Poaceae).
Potanthus pava (
Oriental Pava Dart) - Bambusa (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Ochlandra travancorica (Kalesh S. & S.K. Prakash pers. obs. 2017) (Poaceae).
Potanthus pseudomaesa (Lankan Common Dart) -
Axonopus compressus (Kalesh & Prakash 2007) (Poaceae).

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.

 
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Page citation

Anonymous 2023. Potanthus spp - – Dart spp.. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/potanthus-potanthus-spp, accessed 2023/02/05.