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
 

Taxonomic Information

Elymnias hypermnestra cottonis (Hewitson, 1874) – Andaman Common Palmfly, 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).
 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT31123231
Andhra Pradesh111112
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam232434333
Bihar1
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh211315141
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT1
Jharkhand2
Karnataka
Kerala
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh331
Maharashtra9613122114627209
Manipur
Meghalaya22213
Mizoram3
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim2
Tamil Nadu2
Tripura9115111
Uttar Pradesh11
Uttarakhand111551
West Bengal21441128156156
Total2410131367133875626229

Areca spp., Areca catechu, Arenga engleri, Arenga pinnata, Arenga wightii, Calamus spp., Calamus rotang, Calamus pseudofeanus, Calamus thwaitesii, Caryota urens, Chamaerops humilis, Cocos nucifera, Dypsis lutescens, Elaeis guineensis, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, Licuala chinensis, Livistona chinensis, Metroxylon sagu, Phoenix spp., Phoenix loureiroi, Rhapis spp., Rhapis excelsa, Rhapis humilis, Trachycarpus fortunei (Arecaceae).

Refs: 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.

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.

Page citation

Das, R. P., P. Churi, S. Debnath, and J. A. Jacob. 2023. Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus, 1763) – Common Palmfly. 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/elymnias-hypermnestra, accessed 2023/02/01.