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Junonia orithya (Linnaeus, 1758) – Blue Pansy

Subspecies in India:

(1) Junonia orithya swinhoei Butler, 1885 – Pale Blue Pansy
(2) Junonia orithya ocyale Hübner, 1816 – Dark Blue Pansy

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Acanthus (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Barleria (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Barleria mysorensis(Haneesh & Prashanth 2018), Hygrophila auriculata (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Justicia micrantha (Robinson et al. 2010), Justicia neesii (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Justicia procumbens (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Lepidagathis keralensis (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Nelsonia canescens (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Ruellia tuberosa(V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Acanthaceae). Ipomoea batatas (Robinson et al. 2010) (Convolvulaceae). Mimosa pudica (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Fabaceae). Plectranthus scandens (Robinson et al. 2010) (Lamaiaceae). Misopates orontium (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Plantaginaceae). Lepidagathis prostrata (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010) (Acanthaceae).

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 > Nymphalidae > Nymphalinae > Junoniini > Junonia

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Haneesh K.M. , Prashanth S. N & Dr Santosh Umarne   . 2021. Junonia orithya (Linnaeus, 1758) – Blue Pansy. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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