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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Theclinae > Deudorigini > Rapala

Rapala iarbus (Fabricius, 1787) – Common Red Flash

Subspecies in India:

(1) Rapala iarbus iarbus (Fabricius, 1787) – Oriental Red Flash
(2) Rapala iarbus sorya (Kollar, [1844]) – Indian Red Flash

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Terminalia catappa (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017) (Combretaceae). Homonoia riparia (Bhakare et al. 2018) (Euphorbiaceae). Acacia leucophloea (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Desmodium dalbergioides (Robinson et al. 2010), Desmodium oojeinense (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Xylia xylocarpa (Robinson et al. 2010) (Fabaceae). Melastoma malabathricum (Robinson et al. 2010), Melastoma polyanthum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Melastomataceae). Averrhoa bilimbi (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Oxalidaceae). Ziziphus rugosa (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010) (Rhamnaceae). Nephelium lappaceum (Robinson et al. 2010), Schleichera oleosa (Robinson et al. 2010) (Sapindaceae). Mimusops elengi (Robinson et al. 2010) (Sapotaceae).

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 > Theclinae > Deudorigini > Rapala

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bhakare, M., S. Mhatre & P. Churi. 2022. Rapala iarbus (Fabricius, 1787) – Common Red Flash. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.28. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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