Western Ghats butterflies

This is a list of butterfly species found in the Western Ghats region. This region is a biodiversity hotspot and about 334 species of butterflies have been recorded.

* Papilionidae - Swallowtail Butterflies (19 species)
* Pieridae - Yellow-White Butterflies (34 species)
* Nymphalidae- Brush-Footed Butterflies (97 species)
* Lycaenidae- Blues, hairstreaks and Gossamer-Winged Butterflies (101 species)
* Hesperiidae - Skipper Butterflies (83 species)

=Family Papilionidae=

ubfamily Papilioninae

Genus "Graphium" ("Pathysa") - The Swordtails, Zebras

* Spot Swordtail, "Pathysa nomius" (Esper, 1798)
* Fivebar Swordtail, "Pathysa antiphates " (Cramer, 1775)‎

Genus "Graphium" ("Graphium") - The Bluebottles and Jays

* Common Jay, "Graphium doson" (C. & R. Felder, 1864)
* Tailed Jay, "Graphium agamemnon" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Common Bluebottle, "Graphium sarpedon" (Linnaeus, 1758)

Genus "Atrophaneura" ("Pachliopta") - The Roses

* Common Rose, "Pachliopta aristolochiae" (Fabricius, 1775)
* Crimson Rose, "Pachliopta hector" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Malabar Rose, "Pachliopta pandiyana" (Moore, 1881)

Genus "Troides" - The Birdwings

* Southern Birdwing, "Troides minos" (Cramer, 1779)

Genus "Papilio" ("Chilasa") - The Mimes

* Common Mime, "Chilasa clytia", Linnaeus, 1758

Genus "Papilio" ("Papilio") - The Swallowtails

* Malabar Banded Swallowtail, "Papilio liomedon" (Moore, 1874)
* Blue Mormon, "Papilio polymnestor" (Cramer, 1775)
* Red Helen, "Papilio helenus" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Common Mormon, "Papilio polytes" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Malabar Raven, "Papilio dravidarum" (Wood-Mason, 1880)
* Lime Butterfly, "Papilio demoleus" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Common Banded Peacock, " Papilio crino" (Fabricius, 1792)
* Malabar Banded Peacock, "Papilio buddha" (Westwood, 1872)
* Paris Peacock, "Papilio paris" (Linnaeus, 1758)

=Family Pieridae =

There are 34 species recorded.

ubfamily "Pierinae" - The Whites

Genus "Pieris", The Whites

* Indian Cabbage White , "Pieris canidia" Linnaeus, 1768

Genus "Anaphaeis" - The Pioneers

* Pioneer(Caper White) , "Anaphaeis aurota" Fabricius, 1793

Genus "Cepora" - The Gulls

* Common Gull , "Cepora nerissa" Fabricius, 1775
* Lesser Gull , "Cepora nadina" Lucas, 1852

Genus "Ixias" - The Indian Orange Tips

* White Orange Tip , "Ixias marianne" Cramer, 1779
* Yellow Orange Tip , "Ixias pyrene" Linnaeus, 1764

Genus "Delias" - The Jezebels

* Common Jezebel , "Delias eucharis" Drury, 1773

Genus "Prioneris" - The Sawtooths

* Painted Sawtooth , "Prioneris sita" C. Felder, 1865

Genus "Appias" - The Puffins and Albatrosses

* Spot Puffin , "Appias lalage" (Doubleday, 1842)
* Plain Puffin , "Appias indra" Moore, 1857
* Striped Albatross , "Appias libythea" Fabricius, 1775
* Chocolate Albatross , "Appias lyncida" Cramer, 1777
* Common Albatross, "Appias albina" Felder
* Lesser Albatross , "Appias wardii" (Moore, 1884)

Genus "Leptosia" - The Psyche

* Psyche , "Leptosia nina" Fabricius, 1793

Genus "Hebomoia" - The Great Orange Tip

* Great Orange-Tip , "Hebomoia glaucippe" Linnaeus, 1758

Genus "Colotis" - The Arabs

* Small Salmon Arab , "Colotis amata" Fabricius, 1775
* Blue-Spotted Arab , "Colotis phisadia" (Godart, 1819)
* White Arab , "Colotis vestalis" (Butler, 1876)
* Large Salmon Arab , "Colotis fausta" (Olivier, 1804)
* Small Orange-Tip , "Colotis etrida" Boisduval, 1836
* Plain Orange-Tip , "Colotis eucharis" Fabricius, 1775
* Crimson-Tip , "Colotis danae" (Fabricius, 1775)

Genus "Pareronia" - The Wanderers

* Dark Wanderer , "Pareronia ceylanica" (C. & R. Felder, 1865)
* Common Wanderer , "Pareronia valeria" (Cramer, 1776)

ubfamily "Coliadinae" - The Yellows

Genus "Catopsilia" - The Emigrants

* Common Emigrant , "Catopsilia pomona" Fabricius, 1775
* Mottled Emigrant , "Catopsilia pyranthe" Latreille, 1758

Genus "Eurema" - The Grass Yellows

* Small Grass Yellow , "Eurema brigitta" Cramer, 1780
* Spotless Grass Yellow , "Eurema laeta" Boisduval, 1836
* One-Spot Grass Yellow , "Eurema andersonii" Moore
* Common Grass Yellow , "Eurema hecabe" Linnaeus, 1758
* Three-Spot Grass Yellow , "Eurema blanda" Boisduval, 1836
* Nilgiri Grass Yellow , "Eurema nilgiriensis"

Genus "Colias" - The Clouded Yellows

* Nilgiri Clouded Yellow , "Colias nilgiriensis"

=Family Nymphalidae=

ubfamily Libytheinae

Genus "Libythea" - The Beaks

* Common Beak "Libythea lepita" (Moore, 1857)
* Club Beak "Libythea myrrha', (Godart, 1819)

ubfamily Danainae

Genus "Parantica" - The Glassy Tigers

* Glassy Tiger, "Parantica aglea" (Stoll, 1782)
* Nilgiri Tiger, "Parantica nilgiriensis" (Moore, 1877)

Genus "Tirumala" - The Blue Tigers

* Dark Blue Tiger, "Tirumala septentrionis" (Butler, 1874)
* Blue Tiger, "Tirumala limniace" Cramer, 1775

Genus "Danaus" - The Tigers

* Plain Tiger, "Danaus chrysippus" Linnaeus, 1758
* Common Or Striped Tiger, "Danaus genutia" Cramer, 1779

Genus "Euploea" - The Crows

* Common Indian Crow, "Euploea core" (Cramer, 1780)
* Double-Branded Crow, "Euploea sylvester" (Fabricius, 1793)
* Blue King Crow, "Euploea klugii" Moore, 1858

Genus "Idea" - The Tree Nymphs

* Malabar Tree Nymph, "Idea malabarica" Moore, 1877

ubfamily Charaxinae

Genus "Charaxes" - The Rajahs

* Tawny Rajah "Charaxes bernardus" (Fabricius, 1793)
* Black Rajah "Charaxes solon" (Fabricius, 1793)

Genus "Polyura" - The Nawabs

* Blue Nawab "Polyura schreiberi" (Godart, 1819)
* Common Nawab "Polyura athamas" (Drury, 1773)
* Anomalous Common Nawab "Polyura agraria"

ubfamily Morphinae

Genus "Discophora" - The Duffers

* Southern Duffer "Discophora lepida" (Moore, 1857)

Genus "Amathusia" - The Palmking

* Palmking "Amathusia phidippus" Linnaeus, 1763

ubfamily Satyrinae

Genus "Mycalesis" - The Bushbrowns

* Whitebar Bushbrown "Mycalesis anaxias" Hewitson, 1862
* Small Longbrand Bushbrown "Mycalesis igilia" Fruhstorfer, 1909
* Long-Brand Bushbrown "Mycalesis visala" Moore, 1858
* Palebrand Bushbrown "Mycalesis khasia" Evans, 1920
* Redeye Bushbrown "Mycalesis adolphei" (Guérin-Ménéville, 1843)
* Palni Bushbrown "Mycalesis mamerata davisoni"
* Red-Disc Bushbrown "Mycalesis oculus" Marshall, 1880
* Gladeye Bushbrown, "Mycalesis patnia" Moore, 1857
* Tamil Bushbrown "Mycalesis subdita" Moore
* Common Bushbrown "Mycalesis perseus" (Fabricius, 1775)
* Dark Branded Bushbrown "Mycalesis mineus" (Linnaeus, 1758)

Genus "Lethe" - The Treebrowns

* Common Treebrown "Lethe rohria" (Fabricius, 1787)
* Tamil Treebrown "Lethe drypetis" (Hewitson, ?1868)
* Bamboo Treebrown "Lethe europa" (Fabricius, 1775)

Genus "Ypthima" - The Rings

* Common Threering "Ypthima asterope"
* Jewel Fourring "Ypthima avanta" Moore, 1875
* Common Fivering "Ypthima baldus" (Fabricius, 1775)
* White Fourring "Ypthima ceylonica" Hewitson, 1865
* Nilgiri Fourring "Ypthima chenui" (Guérin-Méneville, 1843)
* Common Fourring "Ypthima huebneri" Kirby, 1871
* Baby Fivering "Ypthima philomela" (Linnaeus, 1763)
* Palni Fourring "Ypthima ypthimoides" Moore, 1881

Genus "Zipoetis" - The Catseyes

* Tamil Catseye "Zipoetis saitis" Hewitson, 1863

Genus "Orsotriaena" - The Nigger

* Nigger "Orsotriaena medus" (Fabricius, 1775)

Genus "Melanitis" - The Evening Browns

* Common Evening Brown "Melanitis leda" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Dark Evening Brown "Melanitis phedima" (Cramer, 1780)
* Great Evening Brown "Melanitis zitenius" (Herbst, 1796)

Genus "Parantirrhoea" - The Travancore Evening Brown

* Travancore Evening Brown "Parantirrhoea marshalli" Wood-Mason, 1880

Genus "Elymnias" - The Palmflies

* Common Palmfly "Elymnias hypermnestra" (Linnaeus, 1763)

ubfamily Heliconiinae

Genus "Vindula" - The Cruiser

* Cruiser "Vindula erota" Fabricius, 1793

Genus "Cirrochroa" - The Yeomen

* Tamil Yeoman "Cirrochroa thais" (Fabricius, 1787)

Genus "Cupha" - The Rustic

* Rustic "Cupha erymanthis" (Drury, 1773)

Genus "Phalanta" - The Leopards

* Small Leopard "Phalanta alcippe" Stoll, 1782
* Leopard "Phalanta phalantha" Drury, 1773

Genus "Argynnis" - The Fritillaries

* Indian Fritillary "Argynnis hyperbius" Linnaeus, 1763

Genus "Cethosia" - The lacewings

* Tamil Lacewing "Cethosia nietneri" Felder & Felder, 1867

ubfamily Acraeinae

Genus "Acraea" - The Tawny Coster

* Tawny Coster "Acraea terpsicore" (Linnaeus, 1758)

ubfamily Limenitidinae

Genus "Limenitis" - The Admirals

* Commander "Limenitis procris" (Cramer, 1777)

Genus "Athyma" - The Sergeants

* Common Sergeant "Athyma perius" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Blackvein Sergeant "Athyma ranga" Moore, 1857
* Staff Sergeant, "Athyma selenophora" (Kollar, 1844)
* Colour Sergeant, "Athyma nefte" (Cramer, 1780)

Genus "Pantoporia" - The Lascars

* Common Lascar "Pantoporia hordonia" (Stoll, 1790)
* Extra Lascar "Pantoporia sandaka" (Butler, 1892)

Genus "Neptis" - The Sailers

* Common Sailer "Neptis hylas" Linnaeus, 1758
* Shortbanded Sailer "Neptis columella"
* Chestnut-Streaked Sailer "Neptis jumbah" Moore, 1857
* Yellowback Sailer "Neptis viraja"
* Sullied Sailer "Neptis soma"
* Clear Sailer "Neptis nata"
* Southern Sullied Sailer "Neptis clinia"

Genus "Parthenos" - The Clipper

* Clipper "Parthenos sylvia" (Cramer, 1775)

Genus "Euthalia" - The Barons

* Common Baron "Euthalia aconthea" (Cramer, 1777)
* Gaudy Baron "Euthalia lubentina" (Cramer, 1777)
* Baronet "Euthalia nais" (Forster, 1771)
* Blue Baron "Euthalia telchinia" (Ménétriés, 1857)

Genus "Tanaecia" - The Counts

* Grey Count "Tanaecia lepidea" (Butler, 1868)

Genus "Dophla" - The Dukes

* Redspot Duke "Dophla evelina" (Stoll, 1790)

ubfamily Cyrestinae

Genus "Cyrestis" - The Map Butterflies

* Common Map "Cyrestis thyodamas" Boisduval, 1836

ubfamily Biblidinae

Genus "Ariadne" - The Castors

* Angled Castor "Ariadne ariadne" Linnaeus, 1763
* Common Castor "Ariadne merione"

Genus "Byblia" - The Joker

* Joker "Byblia ilithyia" (Drury, 1773)

ubfamily Apaturinae

Genus "Rohana" -

* Black Prince "Rohana parisatis" (Westwood, 1850)

Genus "Euripus" - The Courtesans

* Painted Courtesan "Euripus consimilis" (Westwood, 1850)

ubfamily Nymphalinae

Genus "Vanessa" - Admirals, Painted Lady

* Indian Red Admiral "Vanessa indica" (Herbst, 1794)
* Painted Lady "Vanessa cardui"

Genus "Kaniska"

* Blue Admiral "Kaniska canace" (Linnaeus, 1763)

Genus "Junonia" - The Pansies

* Gray Pansy "Junonia atlites" (Linnaeus, 1763)
* Peacock Pansy "Junonia almana" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Yellow Pansy "Junonia hierta" (Fabricius, 1798)
* Chocolate Pansy, "Junonia iphita" (Cramer, 1779)
* Lemon Pansy "Junonia lemonias" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Blue Pansy "Junonia orithya" (Linnaeus, 1758)

Genus "Hypolimnas" - The Eggflies

* Great Eggfly "Hypolimnas bolina" (Linnaeus, 1758)
* Danaid Eggfly "Hypolimnas misippus" (Linnaeus, 1764)

Genus "Kallima" - The Oakleafs

* Orange Oakleaf "Kallima inachus" (Boisduval, 1846)
* South Indian Blue Oakleaf "Kallima horsfieldi" Kollar, 1844

Genus "Doleschallia" - The Autumn Leaf

* Autumnleaf "Doleschallia bisaltide malabarica" (Cramer, 1777)

Family Lycaenidae

Genus "Abisara", The Judies

* Plum Judy, "Abisara echerius" (Moore, 1901)

Genus "Logania" - The Mottles

* Mottle "Logania distanti" Semper, 1889.

Genus "Spalgis" - The Apefly

* Apefly "Spalgis epius" (Westwood, 1851) (L6.1)

Genus "Talicada" - The Red Pierrot

* Red Pierrot "Talicada nyseus" Guérin, 1843. (L8.1)

Genus "Castalius" - The Common Pierrot

* Common Pierrot "Castalius rosimon" Fabricius, 1775. (L9.1)
* Dark Pierrot "Castalius ananda" de Nicéville, 1884 previously "Tarucus ananda" De Nicéville (L10.1)

Genus "Caleta" - The Angled Pierrot

* Angled Pierrot "Caleta caleta" Hewitson, 1876 earlier "Castalius caleta" Moore (L9.2)

Genus "Discolampa" - The Banded Blue Pierrot

* Banded Blue Pierrot "Discolampa ethion" Westwood, 1851 earlier "Castalius ethion" Doubleday & Hewitson (L9.3)

Genus "Tarucus" - The Blue Pierrots

* Spotted Pierrot "Tarucus callinara" Butler, 1886 (L10.4)
* Striped Pierrot "Tarucus nara" Kollar, 1848 (L10.9)
* Indian Pierrot "Tarucus indica" Evans, 1932
* Balkan Pierrot "Tarucus balkanicus" (Freyer, 1845)

Genus "Syntarucus" - The Zebra Blue

* Zebra Blue "Syntarucus plinius" (Fabricius, 1793) (L11.1) (synonyms "Leptotus plinius, "Tarucus plinius")

Genus "Azanus" - The Babul Blues

* Bright Babul Blue "Azanus ubaldus" Cramer, 1782 (L12.1)
* Dull Babul Blue "Azanus uranus" Butler, 1886 (L12.2)
* African Babul Blue "Azanus jesous" Guérin-Meneville, 1847 (L12.4)

Genus "Neopithecops" - The Quaker

* Quaker "Neopithecops zalmora" Butler 1870 (L15.1)

Genus "Megisba" - The Malayan

* Malayan "Megisba malaya" (Horsfield, 1828) (H20.1, p. 220)

Genus "Celastrina" - The Hedge Blues

* Plain Hedge Blue "Celastrina lavendularis" (Moore, 1877) previously "Lycaenopsis lavendularis" Moore (L19.15)

Genus "Acytolepis" - The Hedge Blues

* Common Hedge Blue "Acytolepis puspa" (Horsfield, 1828) previously "Lycaenopsis puspa" ("Toxopeus") (L19.1)
* Hampson's Hedge Blue "Acytolepis lilacea" (Hampson, 1889) "Lycaenopsis lilacea" Hampson (L19.2)

Genus "Akasinula" - The White Hedge Blue

* White Hedge Blue "Akasinula akasa" (Horsfield, 1828) previously "Lycaenopsis akasa" Frühstorfer (L19.10)

Genus "Cyaniris" - The Hedge Blues

* Whitedisc Hedge Blue "Cyaniris albidisca" Moore, 1883 previously "Lycaenopsis albidisca" Moore (L19.6)

Genus "Polyommatus" - The Meadow Blues

* Singhalese Hedge Blue "Polyommatus singalensis" Moore, 1877 previously "Lycaenopsis singalensis" Felder (L19.13)

Genus "Chilades" - The Lime Blue

* Lime Blue "Chilades laius" (Cramer, 1782) (L21.1)
* Indian Cupid "Chilades parrhasius" (Fabricius, 1793) previously "Everes parrhasius" Fabricius (L16.4)
* Small Cupid "Chilades contracta" (Butler 1880) previously "Euchrysops contracta" Butler (L23.2)?

Genus "Zizeeria" - The Grass Blues

* Dark Grass Blue "Zizeeria lysimon" (Hübner, 1798-1803) (L22.3)
* Lesser Grass Blue "Zizeeria otis" (Fabricius, 1787) (L22.5)

Genus "Pseudozizeeria" - The Pale Grass Blue

* Pale Grass Blue "Pseudozizeeria maha" (Kollar, 1848) previously "Zizeeria maha" Kollar (L22.2)

Genus "Zizula" - The Tiny Grass Blue

* Tiny Grass Blue "Zizula gaika" (Trimen, 1862) synonym "Zizula hylax" (Fabricius 1775) (now suppressed) (L22.4)

Genus "Freyeria" - The Grass Jewel

* Grass Jewel "Freyeria trochylus" (Freyer, 1845) previously "Zizeeria trochilus" Freyer (L22.1)

Genus "Euchrysops" - The Gram Blues

* Gram Blue "Euchrysops cnejus" (Fabricius, 1798) (L23.1)

Genus "Edales" - The Plains Cupid

* Plains Cupid "Edales pandava" (Horsfield, 1829) previously "Euchrysops pandava" Horsfield (L23.3)

Genus "Anthene" - The Ciliate Blues

* Ciliate Blue "Anthene emolus" (Godart, 1823) previously "Lycaenesthes emolus" Godart (L24.1)
* Pointed Ciliate Blue "Anthene lycaenina" (C. Felder, 1868) previously "Lycaenesthes lycaenina" Felder (L24.2)

Genus "Catachrysops" - The Forget-me-nots

* Forget-me-not "Catachrysops strabo" (Fabricius, 1793) (L25.1)
* Silver Forget-me-not "Catachrysops panoramus" (C. Felder, 1860)

Genus "Lampides" - The Ceruleans and the Peablue

* Peablue "Lampides boeticus" (Linnaeus, 1767) (L26.1)

Genus "Jamides" - The Ceruleans

* Dark Cerulean "Jamides bochus" Stoll, 1782 (L27.1)
* Common Cerulean "Jamides celeno" (Cramer, 1775) (L27.3)
* Metallic Cerulean "Jamides alecto" (Felder, 1860) (L27.7)

Genus "Nacaduba" - The Lineblues

* Large Four-line Blue "Nacaduba pactolus" (Felder, 1860) (L30.2)
* Pale Four-line Blue "Nacaduba hermus" (Felder, 1860) (L30.3)
* Pointed Lineblue "Nacaduba helicon" Felder,? (L30.7)
* Transparent Six-line Blue "Nacaduba kurava" (Moore, 1857) (L30.8)
* Opaque Six-line Blue "Nacaduba beroe" (Felder & Felder, 1865) (L30.9)
* Rounded Six-line Blue "Nacaduba berenice" (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869) (L30.10)
* Dark Ceylon Six-line Blue "Nacaduba calauria" (C. Felder, 1860)

Genus "Prosotas" - The Lineblues

* Common Lineblue "Prosotas nora" (Felder, 1860) previously "Nacaduba nora" Felder (L30.13)
* Tailless Lineblue "Prosotas dubiosa" (Semper, 1879) previously "Nacaduba dubiosa" Evans (L30.14)
* White-tipped Lineblue "Prosotas noreia" (Felder, 1868) previously "Nacaduba noreia" Felder (L30.15)

Genus "Petrelea" - The Dingy Lineblue

* Dingy Lineblue "Petrelea dana" (De Nicéville, 1884) previously "Nacaduba dana" De Nicéville (L30.16)

Genus "Curetis" - The Sunbeams

* Indian Sunbeam "Curetis thetis" (Drury, 1773) (L40.1)
* Shiva's Sunbeam "Curetis siva" Evans, 1954
* Toothed Sunbeam "Curetis dentata" Moore, 1879

Genus "Iraota" - The Silverstreak Blues

* Silverstreak Blue "Iraota timoleon" Stoll, 1790 (L41.1)

Genus "Horsfieldia" - The Leaf Blue

* Leaf Blue "Horsfieldia anita" Moore

Genus "Thaduka" - The Many-tailed Oak-Blue

* Many-tailed Oak-Blue "Thaduka multicaudata" Moore, 1878 (L43.1)

Genus "Arhopala" - The Oakblues

* Large Oakblue "Arhopala amantes" (Hewitson, 1862) previously "Amblypodia amantes" Hewitson (L45.18)
* Aberrant Bushblue "Arhopala abseus" (Hewitson, 1862) previously "Amblypodia abseus" (L45.39)
* Dark Broken-Band Oakblue "Arhopala atrax" (Hewitson, 1862)

Genus "Nilasera" - The Oakblues

* Centaur Oakblue "Nilasera centaurus" (Fabricius, 1775) previously "Amblypodia centaurus" Moore (L45.16)

Genus "Panchala" - The Oakblues

* Rosy Oakblue "Panchala alea" (Hewitson, 1862) previously "Amblypodia alea" Hewitson (L45.11)

Genus "Narathura" - The Tamil Oakblue

* Tamil Oakblue "Narathura bazaloides" (Hewitson, 1878) previously "Amblypodia bazaloides" Hewitson (L45.23)

Genus "Surendra" - The Acacia Blue

* Common Acacia Blue "Surendra quercetorum" (Moore, 1857) (L46.1)

Genus "Zinaspa" - The Silver Streaked Acacia Blue

* Silver Streaked Acacia Blue "Zinaspa todara" (Moore, 1883) previously "Surendra todara" Moore (L46.2)

Genus "Loxura" - The Yamfly

* Yamfly "Loxura atymnus" (Cramer, 1782) (L48.1)

Genus "Apharitis" - The Tawny Silverline

* Tawny Silverline "Apharitis acamus" Butler (L51.1)

Genus "Spindasis" - The Silverlines

* Common Silverline "Spindasis vulcanus" (Fabricius, 1775) (L52.1)
* Long-banded Silverline "Spindasis lohita" (Horsfield, 1829) (L52.11)

Genus "Aphnaeus" - The Silverlines

* Plumbeous Silverline "Aphnaeus schistacea" Moore, 1881 previously "Spindasis schistacea" Moore (L52.2)
* Abnormal Silverline "Aphnaeus abnormis" Moore, 1883 previously "Spindasis abnormis" Moore (L52.4)
* Common Shot Silverline "Aphnaeus ictis" Hewitson, 1865 previously "Spindasis ictis" Felder (L52.5)
* Scarce Shot Silverline "Aphnaeus elima" Moore, 1877 previously "Spindasis elima" Moore (L52.6)
* Lilac Silverline "Aphnaeus lilacinus" Moore, 1884 previously "Apharitis lilacinus" Moore (L51.2)

Genus "Zesius" - The Redspot

* Redspot "Zesius chrysomallus" Hübner, 1819/21 (L53.1)

Genus "Pratapa" - The Tufted Royals

* White Royal "Pratapa deva" (Moore, 1857) (L54.5)

Genus "Ancema" - The Royals

* Silver Royal "Ancema blanka" (De Nicéville, 1895) previously "Pratapa blanka" Evans (L54.4)

Genus "Creon" - The Broadtail Royal

* Broadtail Royal "Creon cleobis" (Godart, 1823) previously "Pratapa cleobis" Godart (L54.8)

Genus "Tajuria" - The Royals

* Plains Blue Royal "Tajuria jehana" Moore, 1883 (L55.12)
* Peacock Royal "Tajuria cippus" (Fabricius, 1798) (L55.13)
* Spotted Royal "Tajuria maculata" Hewitson, ? (L55.17)

Genus "Ops" - The Branded Royal

* Branded Royal "Ops melastigma" (De Nicéville, 1887) previously "Tajuria melastigma" De Nicéville (L55.4)

Genus "Charana" - The Mandarin Blues

* Banded Royal "Charana jalindra" Moore (L56.1)

Genus "Cheritra" - The Common Imperial

* Common Imperial "Cheritra freja" (Fabricius, 1793) (L60.1)

Genus "Rathinda" - The Monkeypuzzle

* Monkeypuzzle "Rathinda amor" (Fabricius, 1775) (L63.1)

Genus "Horaga" - The Onyxs

* Common Onyx "Horaga onyx" (Moore, 1857) (L64.1)
* Brown Onyx "Horaga viola" Moore, 1882 (L64.4)

Genus "Catapaecilma" - The Common Tinsel

* Common Tinsel "Catapaecilma elegans" Druce, 1873 (L64.1)

Genus "Chliaria" - The Tits

* Orchid Tit "Chliaria othona" (Hewitson, 1865) (L66.1)
* Nilgiri Tit "Chliaria nilgirica" (Moore, 1883) previously "Hypolycaena nilgirica" Moore (L67.1)

Genus "Zeltus" - The Fluffy Tit

* Fluffy Tit "Zeltus etolus" (Fabricius, 1787) (L68.1)

Genus "Deudorix" - The Cornelians

* Cornelian "Deudorix epijarbas" (Moore, 1857) (L70.1)

Genus "Virachola" - The Guava Blues

* Common Guava Blue "Virachola isocrates" (Fabricius, 1793) (L71.1)
* Large Guava Blue "Virachola perse" (Hewitson, 1863) (L71.2)

Genus "Rapala" - The Flashes

* Indigo Flash "Rapala varuna" (Hewitson, 1863) (L72.7)
* Slate Flash "Rapala schistacea" (Moore, 1879) (L72.8)
* Common Red Flash "Rapala iarbus" (Fabricius, 1787) previously "Rapala jarbas" Fabricius (L72.13)

Genus "Vadebra" - The Malabar Flash

* Malabar Flash "Vadebra lankana" (Moore, 1879) previously "Rapala lankana" Moore (L72.3)

Genus "Bindahara" - The Plane

* Plane "Bindahara phocides" (Fabricius, 1793) (L74.1)

=Family Hesperiidae=

Coeliadinae

Genus "Badamia" - The Brown Awl

* Brown Awl "Badamia exclamationis" (Fabricius, 1775)

Genus "Bibasis" - The Orange Tailed Awl

* Pale Green Awlet "Bibasis gomata" (Moore, 1865)
* Orange-striped Awl/Orange Awlet "Bibasis jaina" (Moore, 1865)
* Orangetail Awl/Pale Green Awlet "Bibasis sena" (Moore, 1865)

Genus "Choaspes" - The Awlkings.

* Indian Awlking, "Choaspes benjaminii" (Guérin-Meneville, 1843)

Genus "Hasora" - The Awls

* Common Awl "Hasora badra" (Moore , 1857)
* Common Banded Awl "Hasora chromus" (Cramer , 1780)
* White Banded Awl "Hasora taminatus" (Hübner, 1818)
* Plain Banded Awl "Hasora vitta" (Butler , 1870)

Hesperiinae

Genus "Aeromachus" - The Scrub Hoppers

* Dingy Scrub-Hopper " Aeromachus dubius" (Elwes & Edwards , 1897)
* Pygmy Grass/Scrub-Hopper " Aeromachus pygmaeus" (Fabricius, 1775)

Genus "Ampittia" - The Bush Hoppers

* Bush Hopper " Ampittia dioscorides" (Fabricius, 1793)

Genus "Arnetta" - The Bobs

* Coorg Forest Hopper " Arnetta mercara" (Evans, 1932)
* Vindhyan Bob " Arnetta vindhiana" (Moore, 1883)

Genus "Baoris" - The Swifts.

* Paintbrush Swift " Baoris farri" (Moore , 1878)

Genus "Baracus" - Hedge Hoppers

* Hedge/Hampson's Hedge-Hopper " Baracus vittatus" (Felder, 1862)

Genus "Pseudoborbo" - Bevan's Swift

* Beavan's Swift " Pseudoborbo bevani" (Moore, 1878) ?

Genus "Borbo" - The Swifts

* Rice Swift " Borbo cinnara" (Wallace, 1866)

Genus "Caltoris" - The Swifts

* Kanara Swift " Caltoris canaraica" (Moore , 1883)
* Blank Swift " Caltoris kumara" (Moore , 1878)
* Philippine Swift " Caltoris philippina" (Herrich-Schäffer , 1869)

Genus "Cupitha" - The Wax Dart

* Wax Dart " Cupitha purreea" (Moore , 1877)

Genus "Erionota" - The Palm Redeye

* Palm Redeye " Erionota thrax" (Linnaeus , 1767)

Genus "Gangara" - The Giant Redeye

* Giant Redeye " Gangara thyrsis" (Fabricius , 1775)

Genus "Gegenes"

* Dingy Swift " Gegenes nostradamus" (Fabricius, 1793)

Genus "Halpe" - The Aces

* Indian/Ceylon Ace " Halpe homolea" (Hewitson, 1868)
* Moore's Ace " Halpe porus" (Mabille , 1876)
* Chestnut Bob " Iambrix salsala" (Moore, 1865)

Genus "Matapa" - The Branded Redeye

* Common Redeye " Matapa aria" (Moore, 1865)

Genus "Notocrypta" - The Demons

* Restricted Demon " Notocrypta curvifascia" (Felder & Felder, 1862)
* Common Banded Demon " Notocrypta paralysos" (Wood-Mason & de Nicéville, 1881)

Genus "Parnara"

* African Straight/Straight Swift " Parnara naso" (Fabricius, 1798)
* Continental Swift " Parnara ganga" (Evans, 1937)

Genus "Pelopidas" - The Branded Swifts

* Dark Branded Swift " Pelopidas agna" (Moore, 1865)
* Great Swift " Pelopidas assamensis" (De Nicéville, 1882)
* Conjoined Swift " Pelopidas conjuncta" (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)
* Dark Small-Branded Swift " Pelopidas mathias" (Fabricius, 1798)
* Large Branded Swift " Pelopidas subochracea" (Moore, 1878)
* Pale Small-Branded Swift " Pelopidas thrax" (Hübner, 1821)

Genus "Polytremis"

* Contiguous Swift " Polytremis lubricans" (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)

Genus "Potanthus" - The Darts

* Confucian/Chinese Dart " Potanthus confucius" (Felder & Felder, 1862)
* Pallied Dart " Potanthus pallida" (Evans, 1932)
* Palni Dart " Potanthus palnia" (Evans, 1914)
* Pava Dart " Potanthus pava" (Fruhstorfer, 1911)
* Pseudomaesa/Common Dart " Potanthus pseudomaesa" (Moore, 1881)

Genus "Psolos" - The Coon

* Coon " Psolos fuligo" (Mabille, 1876)

Genus "Quedara"

* Yellow-Base/Golden Tree Flitter " Quedara basiflava" (De Nicéville, 1888)

Genus "Salanoemia" - The Lancer

* Maculate Lancer " Salanoemia sala" (Hewitson, 1866)

Genus "Sovia"

* Bicolour Ace " Sovia hyrtacus" (De Nicéville, 1897)

Genus "Suastus" - The Palm Bob.

* Indian Palm Bob, " Suastus gremius" (fabricius, 1798)
* Small Palm Bob, " Suastus minuta" (Moore, 1877)

Genus "Taractrocera" - The Grass Darts

* Tamil Grass Dart " Taractrocera ceramas" (Hewitson, 1868)
* Common Grass Dart " Taractrocera maevius" (Fabricius, 1793)

Genus "Telicota" - The Palm Darts

* Dark Palm Dart " Telicota ancilla" (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)
* Pale Palm Dart " Telicota colon" (Fabricius, 1775)

Genus "Cephrenes"

* Plain Palm Dart " Cephrenes chrysozona" (Plötz, 1883)

Genus "Thoressa" - The Aces

* Southern Spotted Ace or Unbranded Ace " Thoressa astigmata" (Swinhoe, 1890)
* Evershed's Ace " Thoressa evershedi" (Evans, 1910)
* Madras Ace " Thoressa honorei" (De Nicéville, 1887)
* Tamil Ace or Sitala Ace " Thoressa sitala" (De Nicéville, 1885)

Genus "Udaspes" - The Grass Demon.

* Grass Demon, " Udaspes folus" (Cramer, 1775)

Genus "Hyarotis" - The Flitters

* Tree Flitter " Hyarotis adrastus" (Stoll , 1782)
* Brush Flitter " Hyarotis microstrictum" (Wood-Mason & de Nicéville, 1887)

Genus "Oriens" - The Dartlets

* Tamil Dartlet " Oriens concinna" (Elwes & Edwards, 1897)
* Common Dartlet " Oriens goloides" (Moore, 1881)

Pyrginae

Genus "Caprona " - The Angles

* Golden Angle "Caprona ransonnetti" (Felder, 1868)
* Spotted Angle "Caprona agama" (Moore , 1857 )
* Spotted Angle "Caprona alida" (De Nicéville , 1891)

Genus "Celaenorrhinus" - The Flat

* Malabar Spotted Flat "Celaenorrhinus ambareesa" (Moore, 1865)
* Common Spotted Flat "Celaenorrhinus leucocera" (Kollar , 1848)
* Tamil Spotted Flat "Celaenorrhinus ruficornis" (Mabille , 1878)

Genus "Coladenia" - The Pied Flats

* Fulvous Pied Flat "Coladenia dan" (Fabricius , 1787)
* Tricolour Flat "Coladenia indrani" (Moore, 1865)

Genus "Daimio" - The White Flat

* Common Yellowbreasted Flat "Daimio bhagava" (Moore, 1865) ?

Genus "Gomalia"

* African Mallow/Marbled Skipper, "Gomalia elma" (Trimen , 1862)

Genus "Odontoptilum" - The Angles

* Chestnut/Banded Angle "Odontoptilum angulata" (Felder, 1862)

Genus "Sarangesa" - The Samll Flats.

* Common Small Flat "Sarangesa dasahara" (Moore, 1865)
* Spotted Small Flat "Sarangesa purendra" (Moore, 1882)

Genus "Spialia " - The Grizzled Skippers.

* Indian Grizzled/Indian Skipper "Spialia galba" (Fabricius, 1793)

Genus "Tagiades" - The Snow Flats.

* Immaculate/Large/Suffused Snow Flat "Tagiades gana" (Moore, 1865)
* Common/Ceylon Snow Flat "Tagiades jepetus" (Stoll, 1782)
* Water Snow Flat "Tagiades litigiosa" (Möschler, 1878)

Genus "Tapena" - The Angles

* Angled Flat/Black Angle "Tapena twaithesi" (Moore, 1881)

Notes

ee also

* Butterfly
* List of butterflies of India
* Fauna and flora of India
* List of Butterflies of Kerala
* List of Butterflies of Tamilnadu
* List of Butterflies of Karnataka

References

* (In press.) Checklist of the Butterflies of the Western Ghats, Southwestern India. In K. A. Subramanian (ed.) Diversity and Conservation of Invertebrates in the Western Ghats.
*aut|Evans, W. H. (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. (2nd Ed), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
*aut|Wynter-Blyth, M. A. (1957) Butterflies of the Indian Region, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.
* 1996. Butterflies of the Western Ghats, India (including Sri Lanka): a biodiversity assessment of a threatened mountain system. Report to the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Bangalore.
* 1987-88. The butterflies of the Nilgiri Mountains of southern India (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., vol 84 & 85.

External links

* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ButterflyIndia/ ButterflyIndia email discussion group]
* [http://www.warblersandwaders.org/checklist/butterflies/WG_Checklist%5B1%5D.pdf Western Ghats list]


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