Senna alata – Candle Bush

Other notes

Note: A female Acytolepis puspa – Common Hedge Blue was recorded laying egg on this plant by Murali Mohana M. from Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka in Jan 2021, but the complete life cycle is yet to be recorded to confirm this as its larval host.



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Page citation

Murali Mohana, M. and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Senna alata (L.) Roxb. – Candle Bush. 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.