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Teinopalpus imperialis Hope, 1843 – Kaiser-i-Hind

Subspecies in India:

(1) Teinopalpus imperialis imperialis Hope, 1843 – Himalayan Kaiser-i-Hind

  The subspecies imperialis is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.


Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
This species occurs in the Indian Region in E. Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and N. Myanmar, extending further east into S. China and Indo-China in several subspecific forms.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
This is an unmistakable species with bright green wings and a prominent yellow (male) or yellowish-grey (female) patch on the upper side of the hindwing. The yellow-tipped tails and red antennae are distinctive. Males and females are different, but there is relatively little individual and seasonal variation.

Status, Habitat and Habits:
  The subspecies imperialis is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

This species is overall very rare but it may be locally and seasonally uncommon. It occurs in evergreen forests at mid-elevations in the Himalaya and Patkai Hills. It has been reported and photographed in the Indian Region only a few times in the past few years, and the images taken by Reddy Bei, Range Forest Officer at Talle Valley WLS, published here on 28 August 2014 (media codes BOI-av030, BOI-av031, and BOI-av032) appear to be the first photographic record of the species from Arunachal Pradesh.

References:

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Papilionidae > Papilioninae > Teinopalpini > Teinopalpus


Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bei, R. 2019. Teinopalpus imperialis Hope, 1843 – Kaiser-i-Hind. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.66. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/2845/Teinopalpus-imperialis
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