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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Theclinae > Aphnaeini > Spindasis

Spindasis lohita (Horsfield, [1829]) – Long-banded Silverline

Subspecies in India:

(1) Spindasis lohita lazularia (Moore, [1881]) – Tamil Long-banded Silverline
(2) Spindasis lohita himalayanus (Moore, 1884) – Himalayan Long-banded Silverline
(3) Spindasis lohita senama (Fruhstorfer, [1912]) – Myanmarese Long-banded Silverline
(4) Spindasis lohita zoilus (Moore, 1877) – Andaman Long-banded Silverline

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
This species has a wide distribution in South and SE Asia. It is well known from India in the Western Ghats (ssp. lazularia), Himalaya (ssp. himalayanus) and the Andaman Islands (ssp. zoilus). The image published on the Butterflies of India website (BOI-cm305) on 2017/09/14, extends the known distribution of this species well within central India. This is also the first record for Madhya Pradesh. Subspecies identity of this and other records from Central and Eastern India needs to be verified, so at present we have only mentioned species name for those records.

records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Carissa carandas (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017) (Apocynanceae). Terminalia paniculata (Bell 1919a; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Combretaceae). Convolvulaceae (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010). Dioscorea pentaphylla (Davidson et al. 1896; Bell 1919a; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Dioscoreaceae). Xylia xylocarpa (Davidson et al. 1896; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Fabaceae). Ixora brachiata (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017), Smilax zeylanica (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017) (Smilacaceae).

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.

Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

References:

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Theclinae > Aphnaeini > Spindasis


Cite this page along with its URL as:
Churi, P.,  S.  Lokhande, S. N. Prashanth, P. Beohar, and K. Kunte. 2020. Spindasis lohita (Horsfield, [1829]) – Long-banded Silverline. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.90. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/650/Spindasis-lohita
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