Cigaritis vulcanus (Fabricius, 1775) - Common Silverline

Subspecies in India

(1) Cigaritis vulcanus vulcanus (Fabricius, 1775) – Indian Common Silverline

Taxonomic Information

This species is sometimes listed under the genus Spindasis. Recent phylogenetic work shows Spindasis to be embedded within Cigaritis, so this species is now treated under Cigaritis.

Conservation and Special status

This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh12
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar1
Chandigarh11
Chhattisgarh2411
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi2371094
Goa2
Gujarat31122
Haryana11
Himachal Pradesh1
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand1121
Karnataka12732133719332416105
Kerala111214284
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh13212
Maharashtra11614111817171617161911
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan11
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu11111
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh336102
Uttarakhand21
West Bengal1334645681377
Total261820265267557773654928

Carissa carandas (Apocynanceae). Cadaba fruticosa (Capparaceae). Dioscorea wallichii (Dioscoreaceae). Diospyros melanoxylon, Diospyros montana (Ebenaceae). Cassia fistula (Fabaceae). Clerodendrum indicum, Volkameria inermis (Lamiaceae). Woodfordia floribunda (Lythraceae). Ziziphus jujuba, Ziziphus rugosa (Rhamnaceae). Canthium coromandelicum (Rubiaceae). Allophylus cobbe (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.

Page citation

Nitin, R., and K. Kunte. 2024. Cigaritis vulcanus (Fabricius, 1775) – Common Silverline. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/Cigaritis-vulcanus, accessed 2024/05/19.