Orsotriaena medus (Fabricius, 1775) – Medus Brown
Subspecies in India:
(1) Orsotriaena medus medus (Fabricius, 1775) – Oriental Medus Brown
(2) Orsotriaena medus mandata (Moore, ) – Sahyadri Medus Brown
(3) Orsotriaena medus nicobarica Evans, 1932 – Nicobar Medus Brown
This species has been popularly known in India by an English name, the Nigger, since 1932 but this name is racially offensive and therefore no longer socially acceptable. Recently, three other alternative names have been suggested for it: Junglebrown (Smith 1989), Dusky Bush-brown and Smooth-eyed Bush-brown (Braby 1997, 2010). We use the name Medus Brown on this website because it is both simple and reflects the scientific name of the species, so it is easy to remember.
Cite this page along with its URL as:
Saji, K., N. Kawthankar, and K. Kunte. 2021. Orsotriaena medus (Fabricius, 1775) – Medus Brown. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.