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Parnara spp. – Parnara Swift spp.

Subspecies in India:

There are four species of Parnara in India:

(1) Parnara apostata debdasi Chiba & Eliot, 1991 – Himalayan Dark Straight Swift
(2) Parnara bada bada (Moore, 1878) – Oriental Grey Swift
(3) Parnara ganga Evans, 1937 – Continental Swift
(4) Parnara guttatus mangala (Moore, [1866]) – Himalayan Straight Swift.

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.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Brachiaria mutica (Kalesh & Prakash 2015), Oryza sativa (Davidson et al. 1897; Bell 1926) (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.

Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Hesperiidae > Hesperiinae > Baorini > Parnara

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Anonymous. 2021. Parnara spp. – Parnara Swift spp.. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.24. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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