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Spalgis epius (Westwood, [1851]) – Apefly

Subspecies in India:

(1) Spalgis epius epius (Westwood, [1851]) – Oriental Apefly
(2) Spalgis epius nubilus Moore, [1884] – Nicobar Apefly
This is sometimes spelled epeus.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Coccidae (Insecta) (Bell 1916). Caterpillars are insectivorous, feeding largely on mealybugs in the Western Ghats. Mangifera indica (Anacardiaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010) has been reported but plants are not important as larval hosts for this butterfly species.

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 > Lycaenidae > Miletinae > Spalgini > Spalgis

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K. and K. Kunte. 2021. Spalgis epius (Westwood, [1851]) – Apefly. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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