Parthenos sylvia lilacinus

Butler 1876 - The Clipper

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

A beautiful, and unmistakeable species in which the female is considerably larger than the male, otherwise the sexes are similar. This is a remarkable species in that the various subspecies have completely different base colouration form our lilac subspecies (orange, green, blue, yellow, brown etc.).

It can be found in forest glades and edges of woodland.

Flight Period



48 - 75mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.2 , Page 475.

Larval Foodplant

Melothria heterophylla (Cucurbitaceae) and Tinaspora cordifolia (Menispermaceae)


Peninsular Thailand and Malaysia. Other subspecies from Sri Lanka to China, Philippines to the Bismarcks.