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Chilades lajus (Stoll, [1780]) – Lime Blue

Subspecies in India:

(1) Chilades lajus lajus (Stoll, [1780]) – Indian Lime Blue

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Atalantia buxifolia (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Atalantia racemosa (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Atalantia wightii (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Chloroxylon swietenia (Kunte 2010), Citrus (Robinson et al. 2010), Citrus aurantiifolia (Robinson et al. 2010), Citrus limon (Bell 1919a; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Citrus maxima (Robinson et al. 2010), Citrus medica (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Citrus sinensis (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Glycosmis mauritiana (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Glycosmis pentaphylla (Kunte 2006), Limonia acidissima (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Naringi crenulata (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Rutaceae). Tilia (Robinson et al. 2010) (Malvaceae). Mangifera indica (Robinson et al. 2010) (Anacardiaceae) has also been reported but is unlikely.

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 > Polyommatinae > Polyommatini > Chilades

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K., A. Soman, S. Debnath. 2021. Chilades lajus (Stoll, [1780]) – Lime Blue. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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