Parantica melaneus

Cramer 1775 - The Chocolate Tiger

Koh Samui only.

A rare species here, which I have only seen on two occasions on the Island, although it is considered common elsewhere. It is primarily a forest butterfly.

It used to be considered that the local members of this genus were a seperate subspecies, P. melaneus planiston, but this, and all other subspecies have now been synonymised with the nominate form, leaving no subspecies.

Flight Period

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75 - 85mm

Early Stages

Not fully known

Larval Foodplant

Tylophora indica (Asclepidaceae)


India, Burma, Indo-China, China and the Malay Peninsular