Phaedyma columella martabana

Moore 1881 - The Short-Banded Sailor

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

Very similar, but larger, than the members of the Neptis Genus. This is a common butterfly which can be found everywhere on the Island.

Flight Period



45 - 65mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resource: ButterflyCircle Blog (courtesy of Dr. Horace Tan.) Please note that this is a different subspecies from that found on Samui, but the details are the same.

Larval Foodplant

Cratoxylun cochinchinense (Guttiferae), Pterocarpus indicus, Tadehagi triquetrum (both Papilionaceae), Reevesia pubescens, Sterculia lancelota (both Sterculiaceae)


Burma, Thailand and Indo-China. Many other subspecies from India, China, Malaysia, Lesser Sunda Islands and the Philippines.