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Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus, 1763) – Common Palmfly

Subspecies in India:

(1) Elymnias hypermnestra undularis (Drury, 1773) – Himalayan Common Palmfly
(2) Elymnias hypermnestra cottonis (Hewitson, 1874) – Andaman Common Palmfly. This taxon was previously treated as a species, Elymnias cottonis (Hewitson, 1874) – Andaman Palmfly, but is now treated as a subspecies of Elymnias hypermnestra (Wei et al. 2017).

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Arecaceae (Robinson et al. 2010), Areca (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Areca catechu (Robinson et al. 2010), Arenga engleri (Robinson et al. 2010), Arenga pinnata (Robinson et al. 2010), Arenga wightii (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Calamus (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Calamus rotang (Kunte 2006), Calamus pseudofeanus (Kunte 2006), Calamus thwaitesii (Kunte 2006), Caryota urens (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017), Chamaerops humilis (Robinson et al. 2010), Dypsis lutescens (Robinson et al. 2010), Cocos nucifera (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Elaeis guineensis (Robinson et al. 2010), Livistona chinensis (Robinson et al. 2010), Hyophorbe lagenicaulis (P. Churi pers. obs. 2017), Metroxylon sagu (Robinson et al. 2010), Phoenix (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Phoenix loureiroi (Kunte 2006), Rhapis (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Rhapis excelsa (Robinson et al. 2010), Rhapis humilis (Robinson et al. 2010), Trachycarpus fortunei (Robinson et al. 2010) (Arecaceae). Licuala chinensis (Kunte 2006) (Arecaceae).

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:
Gupta, A., and B. Pereira. 2012. A new species of Glyptapanteles (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Microgastrinae), a larval parasitoid of Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), along with some new host records of parasitoids from Peninsular India. Zootaxa, 3227: 54–63.

Wei, C.-H., D. J. Lohman, D. Peggie, and S.-H. Yen. 2017. An illustrated checklist of the genus Elymnias Hübner, 1818 (Nymphalidae, Satyrinae). ZooKeys, 676:47–152.

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Das, R. P., P. Churi, S. Debnath, and J. A. Jacob. 2021. Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus, 1763) – Common Palmfly. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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