Spalgis epius (Westwood, [1851]) - Apefly

Subspecies in India

(1) Spalgis epius epius (Westwood, [1851]) – Oriental Apefly
(2) Spalgis epius nubilus Moore, [1884] – Nicobar Apefly
This is sometimes spelled epeus.
 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT111
Andhra Pradesh1
Arunachal Pradesh111
Assam144111
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh1253
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi1
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir UT
Jharkhand
Karnataka1761813769917161517
Kerala1113353511
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra2186392718182018
Manipur
Meghalaya1
Mizoram
Nagaland11
Odisha1
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu221223
Tripura1711
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1111
West Bengal223411152124
Total461627312424162048455748
Coccidae (Insecta) (Bell 1916). Caterpillars are insectivorous, feeding largely on mealybugs in the Western Ghats. Mangifera indica (Anacardiaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010) has been reported but plants are not important as larval hosts for this butterfly species.


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. and K. Kunte 2024. Spalgis epius (Westwood, [1851]) – Apefly. 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/spalgis-epius, accessed 2024/05/21.