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Junonia iphita (Cramer, [1779]) – Chocolate Pansy

Subspecies in India:

(1) Junonia iphita iphita (Cramer, [1779]) – Oriental Chocolate Pansy

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Barleria cristata (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Dipteracanthus prostratus(V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Hygrophila (Robinson et al. 2010), Hygrophila auriculata (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Justicia micrantha (Robinson et al. 2010), Justicia neesii (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Ruellia elegans (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Ruellia simplex (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Ruellia tuberosa (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Ruellia tweediana (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Strobilanthes (Robinson et al. 2010) (Acanthaceae). Achimenes grandiflora (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Gesneriaceae). Strobilanthes callosus (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Strobilanthes ciliata (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017) (Acanthaceae). A subspecies name, Junonia iphitapluviatalis (Fruhstorfer, 1900), is sometimes given, which represents infrasubspecific variation.

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:

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K., H. Ogale and J. Veino. 2021. Junonia iphita (Cramer, [1779]) – Chocolate Pansy. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.21. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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