Common Lineblue

List of butterflies of India (Lycaenidae)

This is a list of the butterflies of India belonging to the family Lycaenidae and an index to the species articles. This forms part of the full list of butterflies of India.

This list is based on Evans (1932) and includes 318 species belonging to 76-128 genera depending on taxonomy.


Subfamily Poritiinae

Genus Poritia Moore, 1866 - The Gems

Genus Simiskina Distant, 1886 - The Brilliants

Subfamily Miletinae

Genus Miletus Hübner, 1819 - The Brownies

Genus Allotinus C. & R. Felder, 1865 - The Darkies

Genus Paragerydus - The Common Darkie

Genus Miletographa - The Darkies

Genus Logania - The Mottles

Genus Spalgis - The Apefly

Genus Taraka - The Forest Pierrot

Other subfamilies

Genus Talicada - The Red Pierrot

Genus Castalius - The Common Pierrot

Genus Caleta - The Angled Pierrot

Genus Discolampa - The Banded Blue Pierrot

Genus Pycnophallium - The Pierrots

Genus Tarucus - The Blue Pierrots

Genus Syntarucus - The Zebra Blue

Genus Azanus - The Babul Blues

Genus Niphanda - The Pointed Pierrots

Genus Pithecops - The Forest Quakers

Genus Neopithecops - The Quaker

Genus Elkayce - The Tailed Cupids

Genus Shijimia - Moore's Cupid

Genus Bothrinia - The Hedge Cupid

Genus Megisba - The Malayan

Genus Lycaenopsis - The Hedge Blues

Genus Celastrina - The Hedge Blues

Genus Acytolepis - The Hedge Blues

Genus Oreolyce - The Naga Hedge Blue

Genus Arletta - The Dusky Hedge Blue

Genus Akasinula - The White Hedge Blue

Genus Cyaniris - The Hedge Blues

Genus Notarthinus - Chapman's Hedge Blue

Genus Polyommatus - The Meadow Blues

Genus Udara - The Hedge Blues

Genus Phengaris - The Great Spotted Blue

Genus Pseudophilotes - The Chequered Blue

Genus Plebejus - The Small Jewel Blue

Genus Albulina - The Mountain Blues

Genus Tiora - Dusky Meadow Blue

Genus Chilades - The Lime Blue

Genus Zizeeria - The Grass Blues

Genus Pseudozizeeria - The Pale Grass Blue

Genus Zizula - The Tiny Grass Blue

Genus Freyeria - The Grass Jewel

Genus Euchrysops - The Gram Blues

Genus Edales - The Plains Cupid

Genus Anthene - The Ciliate Blues

Genus Catachrysops - The Forgetmenots

Genus Lampides - The Ceruleans and the Peablue

Genus Jamides - The Ceruleans

Genus Orthomiella - The Straightwing Blue

Genus Una - The Una

Genus Nacaduba - The Lineblues

Genus Catapyrops - Felder's Lineblue

Genus Prosotas - The Lineblues

Genus Petrelea - The Dingy Lineblue

Genus Lycaena - The Coppers

Genus Heliophorus - The Sapphires

Genus Strymon - The White-line Hairstreaks

Genus Pamela - Lister's Hairstreak

Genus Euaspa - Water Hairstreak

Genus Thecla - The Hairstreaks

Genus Esakiozephyrus - The Hairstreaks

Genus Chrysozephyrus - The Hairstreaks

Genus Teratozephyrus - The Suroifui Hairstreak

Genus Chaetoprocta - The Walnut Blue

Genus Amblopala - The Chinese Hairstreak

Genus Curetis - The Sunbeams

Genus Iraota - The Silverstreak Blues

Genus Horsfieldia - The Leaf Blue

Genus Thaduka - The Many-tailed Oak-Blue

Genus Mahathala - The Falcate Oakblue

Genus Apporasa - The Crenulate Oakblue

Genus Amblypodia - The Oakblues

Genus Arhopala - The Oakblues

Genus Nilasera - The Oakblues

Genus Panchala - The Oakblues

Genus Acesina - The Oakblues

Genus Narathura - The Tamil Oakblue

Genus Darasana - The Tailless Oakblue

Genus Surendra - The Acacia Blue

Genus Zinaspa - The Silver Streaked Acacia Blue

Genus Mota - The Saffron

Genus Loxura - The Yamfly

Genus Yasoda - The Branded Yamfly

Genus Drina - The Brown Yamfly

Genus Apharitis - The Tawny Silverline

Genus Spindasis - The Silverlines

Genus Aphnaeus - The Silverlines

Genus Zesius - The Redspot

Genus Pratapa - The Tufted Royals

Genus Dacalana - The Double Tufted Royal

Genus Ancema - The Royals

Genus Creon - The Broadtail Royal

Genus Maneca - The Slate Royal

Genus Tajuria - The Royals

Genus Remelana - The Chocalate Royal

Genus Sithon - The Orange and Black Royal

Genus Ops - The Branded Royal

Genus Bullis - The Baby Royal

Genus Creusa - The Black-branded Royal

Genus Iolaus - The Royals

Genus Cophanta - The White Royal

Genus Charana - The Mandarin Blues

Genus Neocheritra - The Pale Grand Imperial

Genus Suasa - The Red Imperial

Genus Cheritrella - The Truncate Imperial

Genus Cheritra - The Common Imperial

Genus Ticherra - The Blue Imperial

Genus Biduanda - The Posies

Genus Rathinda - The Monkeypuzzle

Genus Horaga - The Onyxs

Genus Catapaecilma - The Common Tinsel

Genus Pentila - The Yellow Tinsel

Genus Acupicta - The Dark Tinsel

Genus Chliaria - The Tits

Genus Hypolycaena - The Tits

Genus Zeltus - The Fluffy Tit

Genus Artipe - The Green Flash

Genus Deudorix - The Cornelians

Genus Virachola - The Guava Blues

Genus Rapala - The Flashes

Genus Vadebra - The Malabar Flash

Genus Baspa - The Indian Red Flash

Genus Bidaspa - The Flashes

Genus Sinthusa - The Sparks

Genus Bindahara - The Plane

Genus Araotes - The Witch

Genus Liphyra - Moth Butterfly

Cited references



  • (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. 2nd Ed, (i to x, pp454, 9 figs, Plates I to XXXII), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.
  • ; & (1992) Common Butterflies of India. WWF-India and Oxford University Press, Mumbai, India.
  • . (1992) Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and their Natural History (pp 217). Sikkim Nature Conservation Foundation.
  • . (2000) Butterflies of Peninsular India, (i to xviii, pp254, Plates 1 to 32) Universities Press (India) Ltd, Hyderabad (reprint 2006). ISBN 81-7371-354-5
  • (1957) Butterflies of the Indian Region, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.Online


  • , , & (Editors). 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex). World Wide Web electronic publication. (accessed 26 September 2007).
  • Website on Lepidoptera (accessed 26 September 2007)

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