Lymantria grandis Walker, 1855 -

Taxonomic Information

List of Lymantria Hübner, [1819] species in India based on Schintlmeister, 2004 and Pogue, 2007
South and West India and Sri Lanka.
Lymantria detersa Walker, 1865. S. & W. India. 
Lymantria fuliginosa Moore, 1883. W. & S. India, Sri Lanka. 
Lymantria todara Moore, 1879. S. India, Sri Lanka. Sister species of L. similis. 
Lymantria grandis Walker, 1855. S India, Sri Lanka
Lymantria ampla (Walker, 1855). S. India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka. 
Lymantria aryama Moore, 1859. S. India, Nepal.
Lymantria subrosea subrosea Swinhoe, 1903. Tamil Nadu, Kerala.
Lymantria nussi Schintlmeister, 2004. S. India.
Lymantria kanara Collenette, 1951. S. India.
 
NW Himalaya & Nepal 
Lymantria incerta Walker, 1855. NW India. 
Lymantria obfuscata Walker, 1865. NW India. 
Lymantria moesta Swinhoe, 1903 NW India, Nepal. 
Lymantra serva Fabricius, 1793. NW. India, Nepal. 
Lymantria sobrina sobrina Moore, 1879. NW India.
Lymantria maxfischeri Schintlmeister, 2004. Nepal.
Lymantria liedgensi Schintlmeister, 2004. Uttarakhand.
Lymantria schnitzleri Schintlmeister, 2004. Nepal.
Lymantria semicincta (Walker, 1855). NW. Himalaya.
 
E. Himalaya 
Lymantria obsoleta obsoleta Walker, 1855. NE India. 
Lymantria similis Moore, 1879. Bhutan, NE India. 
Lymantria bivittata bivittata Moore, 1879. C. & E. Himalaya, NE India, Andamans.
Lymantria brotea lepcha Moore, 1879. E. Himalaya. Lymantria lepcha treated as a separate species on the website. 
Lymantria iris Strand, 1911, formerly ssp of obsoleta. NE India (Meghalaya)
Lymantria grisea grisea Moore, 1879. NE India.
Lymantria subrosea singapura Schintlmeister, 2004. NE India. 

Himalaya
Lymantria marginata Walker, 1855. Himalaya, NE India, Bangladesh. 
Lymantria concolor concolor Walker, 1855. N. India, Bangladesh.
Lymantria mathura Moore, 1866. Himalaya, NE India.
Lymantria albolunulata Moore, 1879. Himalaya.
Lymantria costalis Walker, 1865. Sri Lanka, “India”. 
 
Andamans only
Lymantria grigorievi Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.
Lymantria brotea rudloffi Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.
Lymantria swetlanae Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.
Lymantria siniaevi Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.
Lymantria sublunata thomasi Schintlmeister, 2004. Sikkim, Andamans.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Note: Schintlmeister. A. (2004) states that Lymantria grandis is very similar to Lymantria mathura. Taxonomic note (grandis): The species is closely related to mathura and also occurs in a fuscous individual form (f. viola). The distinguishing character is the pinkish coloured hindwings. The female resembles the females of mathura; the submarginal band of the forewings is only marked by a number of brown spots. Male genitalia (Fig. 589): The male genitalia are virtually identical to mathura. Further remarks: Since the absence of differences in the male genitalia it might be possible that grandis is the southern subspecies of mathura. Besides the individual variability of the forewing pattern there is a form with a somewhat pointed apex of the forewings, which is probably a result of climatic conditions (4 specimens of this form from the Nilgiris, collected in July, during the monsoon). The possibility, that there are two similar species occurring in S. India, is low. Both forms are therefore united under grandis (Schintlmeister, 2004). 

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra212
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total212
Lymantria grandis Walker, 1855: Artocarpus integer (Moraceae), Shorea robusta (Dipterocarpaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010). 
  1. Lymantria grandis Walker, 1855. List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 4: 874; TL: Ceylon. Text at https://archive.org/details/listofspecimenso46brit/page/874/mode/1up?view=theater
  2. Lymantria viola Swinhoe, 1889. Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1889 (4): 406; TL: Thanna, Bombay. Text at https://archive.org/details/proceedingsofgen89zool/page/406/mode/1up?view=theater
  3. Liparinae viola Swinhoe, 1923. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (9) 11 (64): 429. Text at https://archive.org/details/annalsmagazine9111923lond/page/429/mode/1up?view=theater
  4. Schintlmeister, A. 2004. The Taxonomy of the genus Lymantria HÜBNER [1819] (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). 1- 248. Quadrifina 7. pg. 128. Fig. 541-545. 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Lymantria grandis Walker, 1855 – . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/lymantria-grandis, accessed 2024/07/21.