Life cycle of nilgiri clouded yellow Colias nilagiriensis C. & R. Felder [Lepidoptera: Pieridae] Udhagamandalam, the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu
Jeevith S and S Manoj
The life cycle of Nilgiri Clouded Yellow butterfly Colias nilagiriensis C. & R. Felder, larval performance and life cycle on its new host plant Trifolium repens L. family Fabaceae was recorded and described for the first time. The study was carried out during post monsoon in the year 2016 at Udhagamandalam, the Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu. Fresh eggs of Nilgiri Clouded Yellow were collected from its host plant. Colias nilagiriensis completed its life cycle from egg to adult in 55-62 days. The larvae stage lasted 24-26 days followed pupa stage which lasted for 20-25 days.