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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Polyommatinae > Lycaenesthini > Anthene

Anthene emolus (Godart, [1824]) – Common Ciliate Blue

Subspecies in India:

(1) Anthene emolus emolus (Godart, [1824]) – Bengal Common Ciliate Blue
(2) Anthene emolus andamanicus (Fruhstorfer, 1916) – Andaman Common Ciliate Blue

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
These records extend the range of this species to Kumaon, Uttarakhand. Evans (1932) lists the distribution of this species as "S. India, Sikkim-Burma". Wynter-Blyth (1957) listed its range as "S. India. Sikkim to Assam and Burma. Bengal. Orissa." Cantlie (1962) added "Bihar" to the known distribution mentioned above. Smith (1994) lists this species from Nepal as "Not rare across the Country." However, there are no published records of this species from Uttarakhand, hence these records extend its range further westwards. The species was seen commonly across the Ramnagar Forest Division and Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve during a 3 day visit in Oct 2016. Surveys in the same area in previous years had not yield any records of this species. Coincidentally, Shankar Kumar photographed this species in July 2016 at Haldwani, Nainital District, Uttarakhand.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Mangifera indica (Robinson et al. 2010) (Anacardiaceae). Combretum latifolium (Bell 1918b; Wynter-Blyth 1957), Terminalia paniculata (Wynter-Blyth 1957) (Combretaceae). Cassia fistula (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Robinson et al. 2010), Saraca asoca (Bell 1918b; Wynter-Blyth 1957) (Fabaceae). Heynea trijuga (Wynter-Blyth 1957) (Meliaceae). Litchi chinensis (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Sapindaceae).

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 > Lycaenesthini > Anthene

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Chandrasekharan, V. K. and S. Sondhi. 2022. Anthene emolus (Godart, [1824]) – Common Ciliate Blue. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.28. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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