Chestnut Tiger
Scientific Name Parantica sita
Kingdom Animalia
Class Unknown
Order Lepidoptera
Family Nymphalidae
Distribution Himalayas and into the Malayan region
Size 80~100mm
Alternative Names
Regional Names 20px-Japan(アサギマダラ asagimadara)Flagofchinasmall(大絹斑蝶)

The Chestnut Tiger (Parantica sita) is a butterfly found in Asia that belongs to the Crows and Tigers, that is, the Danaid group of the Brush-footed butterflies family.

life cycleEdit


On emergence a dirty white colour with transverse lines on each segment, two somewhat long and thin tentacles or processes on the third, and two shorter ones on the twelfth segment. When full-fed the larva is about an inch and a half long, the ground-colour is of a pale yellowish green, with two rows of dorsal and a row on each side of lateral yellow spots, the head is black with grey spots on the face, the legs black.


The pupa is pale emerald-green with golden-yellow spots.the adult emerges the next April


The larval foodplants include Asclepias, Cynanchum, Heterostemma, Hoya, Marsdenia, Metaplexis, Stephanotis and Tylophora.


  • P. s. ethologa (Swinhoe, 1899).
  • P. s. melanosticta Morishita, 1994.
  • P. s. niphonica (Moore, 1883)
  • P. s. oblita (Tsukada & Nishiyama, 1979)
  • P. s. sita
  • P. s. tytia (Gray, 1846)


it is mimicked by

similar speciesEdit