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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Theclinae > Cheritrini > Cheritra

Cheritra freja (Fabricius, 1793) – Common Imperial

Subspecies in India:

(1) Cheritra freja butleri Cowan, 1965 – Sahyadri Common Imperial
(2) Cheritra freja evansi Cowan, 1965 – Khasi Common Imperial

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Bauhinia phoenicea (Naik & Mustak 2020), Saraca asoca (Bell 1919c; Wynter-Blyth 1957), Xylia xylocarpa (Davidson et al. 1896; Bell 1919c; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Robinson et al. 2010) (Fabaceae). Cinnamomum camphora (Nitin et al. 2018), Cinnamomum macrocarpum (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Cinnamomum verum (Nitin et al. 2018) (Lauraceae). Ixora (Wynter-Blyth 1957) (Rubiaceae). Lepisanthes tetraphylla (Saji & Ogale 2018) (Sapindaceae).

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 > Cheritrini > Cheritra

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K. and H. Ogale. 2021. Cheritra freja (Fabricius, 1793) – Common Imperial. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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