Pelopidas mathias (Fabricius, 1798) - Small Branded Swift

Subspecies in India

(1) Pelopidas mathias mathias (Fabricius, 1798) – Dakhan Small Branded Swift
 

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 UT1
Andhra Pradesh2
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh131
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi1422
Goa
Gujarat1
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT1
Jharkhand
Karnataka4312331132
Kerala1114
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh11
Maharashtra11121159751
Manipur1
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu111
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh1221311
Uttarakhand1111
West Bengal12
Total64476210113215118

Axonopus compressus, Cymbopogon nardus (Paresh Churi pers. obs. 2016), Dinochloa andamanica, Imperata cylindrica, Oryza spp., Oryza sativa, Saccharum spp., Saccharum officinarum, Sorghum bicolor, Urochloa distachya, Urochloa mutica (=Brachiaria mutica), Urochloa setigera (Abhishek Rane pers. obs. 2023), Zea mays (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(4): 11495–11550.

For the complete list of larval host plants of Indian butterflies, see the page on larval host plants.

Page citation

Chandrasekharan, V.K., and A. Rane 2024. Pelopidas mathias (Fabricius, 1798) – Small Branded Swift. 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/pelopidas-mathias, accessed 2024/03/02.