Elymnias nesaea lioneli

Fruhstorfer 1907 - The Tiger Palmfly

Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.

A common species which is always associated with palms, and can be found throughout the Islands.

A shy species which usually rests on the underside of palm fronds

Flight Period



70 - 75mm

Early Stages

Fully known. More detailed life history information is available from the following resources: S. Igarishi - Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, Volume.1 , Page 325.

Larval Foodplant

Calamus sp., Cocos nucifera, Cyrostachys lakka (all Palmae) and Ptychosperma macarthurii (Papilionaceae)


Peninsular Thailand and West Malaysia. Other subspecies found in the rest of Thailand and Sundaland.