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Plains Cupid

Chilades pandava

Description:

The Plains Cupid (Chilades pandava) is a species of Lycaenid butterfly found in countries such as India and Singapore. They are among the few butterflies that breed on plants of the cycad family.

Notes:

Caterpillars or the Cycad Blue Butterfly feed on tender shoots of cycads. Restricted by a sprouting season and the small distribution of indigenous Taitung Cycad (Cycas taitungensis), the population and distribution of Cycad Blue used to be very small. In the 1990’s, Taiwan started importing large numbers of alien cycads for horticulture. As a result, food for Cycad Blue’s larvae greatly increased, and the population grew rapidly. The dispersal of these large numbers of Cycad Blue butterflies even began to damage indigenous cycads. Once the number of cycads in an area could no longer support the population of Cycad Blue butterflies, the butterflies began to suffer local extinction. The balance between butterflies and their host plants is the result of long-term evolution. Introduction of foreign plants destroyed the balance, accidentally endangering the survival of all.

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Plains Cupid
Chilades pandava


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6 Comments

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you Kranti :)

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 7 years ago

Very nice and great info :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Thank you so much Sachin for the ID :)
Thank you so much for help, bherath20 :)
Details edited :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Thanks for confirming bherath20 I am not sure about it,,

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

oh im sorry i didn't see the species ID in the comments
sorry Sachin

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Might be Plains Cupid (Chilades pandava)

Adarsha B S
Spotted by
Adarsha B S

Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jun 10, 2013
Submitted on Jun 25, 2013

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