Melanitis zitenius (Herbst, 1796) - Great Evening Brown

Subspecies in India

(1) Melanitis zitenius zitenius (Herbst, 1796) – Himalayan Great Evening Brown
(2) Melanitis zitenius gokala Moore, [1858] – Sahyadri Great Evening Brown
(3) Melanitis zitenius kalinga Moore, 1883 – Kalinga Great Evening Brown
(4) Melanitis zitenius andamanica Evans, 1923 – Andaman Great Evening Brown
 

Conservation and Special status

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

  This species is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh21
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana1
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka1
Kerala111221012
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya353
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim2
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal7
Total1223122161312

Bambusa spp., Bambusa bambos, Ochlandra spp., Ochlandra scriptoria (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.

Page citation

Saji, K., P. Churi, T. Karmakar, S. Mazumder, and K. Kunte. 2023. Melanitis zitenius (Herbst, 1796) – Great Evening Brown. 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/melanitis-zitenius, accessed 2023/02/02.