New and revised descriptions of the immature stages of some butterflies in Sri Lanka and their larval food plants (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part 2: Subfamily Satyrinae.


  • G. Van der Poorten
  • N. Van der Poorten


Immature stages, larval food plants, Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae, Lepidoptera, butterflies, conservation


The immature stages and larval food plants of 13 of the 17 species of butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, subfamily Satyrinae, in Sri Lanka are presented. The immature stages of 6 species in Sri Lanka are reported for the first time. The larval food plants of 12 species in Sri Lanka are documented for the first time while for 2 species, larval food plants previously reported in Sri Lanka are confirmed. The immature stages of 7 species that have been previously described from Sri Lankan material are compared to the findings of the current study and additional observations are presented. This study provides the basic information for further studies on the biology of these species and base information necessary to formulate conservation management programs for butterflies in Sri Lanka.