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Melanitis phedima (Cramer, [1780]) – Dark Evening Brown

Subspecies in India:

(1) Melanitis phedima varaha Moore, [1858] – Sahyadri Dark Evening Brown
(2) Melanitis phedima bethami de Nicéville, 1887 – Satpuda Dark Evening Brown
(3) Melanitis phedima bela Moore, [1858] – Bengal Dark Evening Brown
(4) Melanitis phedima ganapati Fruhstorfer, 1908 – Myanmarese Dark Evening Brown

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Andropogon (Kunte 2006), Apluda (Kunte 2006), Bambusa bambos (Kunte 2006), Cymbopogon (Kunte 2006), Cyrtococcum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Digitaria (Kunte 2006), Eleusine (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Eragrostis (Kunte 2006), Ischaemum semisagittatum (Kunte 2006), Ochlandra (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017), Oplismenus compositus (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Oryza sativa (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Panicum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Pennisetum (Kunte 2006), Setaria (Kunte 2006), Sorghum (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Zea (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Spodiopogon rhizophorus (Kalesh & Prakash 2015) (Poaceae).

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:
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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K. & Prashanth S. N.. 2020. Melanitis phedima (Cramer, [1780]) – Dark Evening Brown. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.76. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/sp/736/Melanitis-phedima
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