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Chilades pandava (Horsfield, [1829]) – Plains Cupid

Subspecies in India:

(1) Chilades pandava pandava (Horsfield, [1829]) – Oriental Plains Cupid

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Cycadaceae (Robinson et al. 2010), Cycas (Bell 1918a), Cycas circinalis (Robinson et al. 2010), Cycas revoluta (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), (Cycadaceae). Acacia (Robinson et al. 2010), Acacia nilotica (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Bauhinia divaricata (Robinson et al. 2010) Bauhinia vahlii (Robinson et al. 2010), Bauhinia variegata (Robinson et al. 2010), Butea monosperma (Robinson et al. 2010) Caesalpinia (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Moullava spicata (Davidson et al. 1896), Saraca asoca (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Xylia xylocarpa (Davidson et al. 1896; Bell 1918a; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010) (Fabaceae). Schleichera oleosa (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Sapindaceae). Desmodium dalbergioides (Robinson et al. 2010) (Fabaceae).

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 > Polyommatinae > Polyommatini > Chilades

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K., A. Soman, P. Churi, and A. Mitra. 2021. Chilades pandava (Horsfield, [1829]) – Plains Cupid. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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