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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Polyommatinae > Polyommatini > Megisba

Megisba malaya (Horsfield, [1828]) – Malayan

Subspecies in India:

(1) Megisba malaya thwaitesi Moore, [1881] – Tailless Malayan. This was earlier treated as a distinct species on this website. Recent work (male genitalia and molecular sequencing) has confirmed this to be a subspecies of Megisba malaya – Malayan, after all.
(2) Megisba malaya sikkima Moore, 1884 – Variable Malayan
(3) Megisba malaya presbyter Fruhstorfer, 1918 – Andaman Malayan

  The subspecies presbyter is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Mallotus philippensis (V.C. Balakrishnan & P. Churi pers. obs. 2017), Mallotus repandus(V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), (Euphorbiaceae). Allophylus cobbe (Wynter-Blyth 1957), Erioglossum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Hemigyrosa (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Lepisanthes tetraphylla (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017), Schleichera oleosa (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (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.

Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

  The subspecies presbyter is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

References:

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Lycaenidae > Polyommatinae > Polyommatini > Megisba


Cite this page along with its URL as:
Anonymous. 2020. Megisba malaya (Horsfield, [1828]) – Malayan. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.86. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/709/Megisba-malaya
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