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Kaniska canace (Linnaeus, 1763) – Blue Admiral

Subspecies in India:

(1) Kaniska canace canace (Linnaeus, 1763) – Chinese Blue Admiral
(2) Kaniska canace viridis Evans, 1924 – Sahyadri Blue Admiral

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Smilax (Robinson et al. 2010) Smilax zeylanica (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Smilacaceae). Dioscorea (Robinson et al. 2010) (Dioscoreaceae) is also reported but needs verification.

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 > Nymphalini > Kaniska

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Kunte, K., K. Saji & Manoj P. 2021. Kaniska canace (Linnaeus, 1763) – Blue Admiral. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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