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Libythea laius Trimen, 1879 – Lobed Beak

Subspecies in India:

(1) Libythea laius lepitoides Moore, [1903] – Sahyadri Lobed Beak

Until recently, lepitoides was commonly listed under Libythea lepita Moore, [1858]. Kawahara (2013) moved it under Libythea laius based on the tornal lobe on the hindwing that is present in laius and lepitoides but absent in lepita.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Celtis australis (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Celtis tetrandra (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) Trema orientalis (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Cannabaceae). Gossypium herbaceum (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Malvaceae).

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:
Kawahara, A. Y. 2013. Systematic revision and review of the extant and fossil snout butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Libytheinae). Zootaxa, 3631:1-74.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Kunte, K. 2021. Libythea laius Trimen, 1879 – Lobed Beak. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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