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Vanessa indica Herbst, 1794

Имаго  (Vanessa indica)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Nymphalidae subfamily Nymphalinae tribe Nymphalini genus Vanessa → species Vanessa indica

Species name(s)

Vanessa indica Herbst, 1794 = Papilio indica Herbst, 1794 = Pyrameis calliroe = Vanessa (Vanessa) indica = Pyrameis atalanta Cramer, 1779 = Pyrameis asakurae Matsumura, 1908 = Pyrameis buana Fruhstorfer, 1898 = Pyrameis callirhoe Miller, 1868 = Pyrameis horishanus Nire, 1917 = Pyrameis occidentalis Felder, 1862.


Zoogeographical regions

Palaearctic, Indo-Malayan.

Russia regions

#26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #34. Kamchatsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #39. Yuzhno-Kurilsky; #40. Primorsky.

Primary colors

Red, Orange, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Vanessa indica)

Detailed information with references


  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Trans-Baikal, Kamchatka, Nizhne-Amur, of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy, Primorye, Sakhalin, Mid-Amur, South Kuril. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Outside the Russian Federation: Mongolia, China, India, Korea, Japan [2]. Irina Nikulina.
  • Ceylon, Taiwan, Burma [9]. Irina Nikulina.
  • It lives in mixed forests with a predominance of small-leaved species, in flood plains and river valleys with thickets of alder, poplar. In dr.mestah can be as active worker [2]. Irina Nikulina.


  • In May and in July-September. [2]. Irina Nikulina.

Larva food plants

  • Urtica urens L. (nettle), less Populus maximowiczii (poplar Maksimovic). In the Trans-Baikal observed laying on Urtica cannabina (nettle Konoplev) [2]. Irina Nikulina.
  • Dr. plants from the family Urticaceae (nettles) the genus Girardinia (Girardin) - Girardinia heterophylla (Himalayan nettle), of the genus Boehmeria (Boehmer) -Boehmeria densiflora, Boehmeria nivea Gaud., of the genus Urtica (nettle) -Urtica thunbergiana [9]. Irina Nikulina.

Additional info about Larva

  • Caterpillar of last instar brown-black with yellow markings and branched spikes, longer than the cardui. Length 45mm. Lives singly in sacciform, oletёnnom cobweb nest of leaves, which often pupate [2]. Irina Nikulina.


  • Dolly Tan in a gray plaque paired tubercles on abdominal segments pearl. Length approx 25 mm [2]. Irina Nikulina.


  • The eggs are bluish-green with light longitudinal stripes. The female lays eggs one by one, sometimes in groups on the young leaves and buds KR [2]. Irina Nikulina.

Overwintering stage

  • Imago Personal communication. Irina Nikulina.

Subspecies Vanessa indica


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vladimir Mescheryakov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Irina Nikulina.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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29.01.2014 18:17, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Flight time: No formalized data → January, February, March, April, May, July, August, September, October, November, December. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Imago.

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