Hypolimnas antevorta is an impressive butterfly from Afrotopic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1879 by Distant. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Hypolimnas antevorta is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE, but it is a big member of the genus Hypolimnas. The butterfly is black with white and blue bands and spots.
Photos for easy identification
The forewings are black. At the margin there are a chain of short white stripes and a chain of white spots. There is a white and a blue band on wing.
The underside is brown. All white stripes, spots and bands from upside are also there.
The hind wings are black. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chain of short white stripes. In the middle of wing there is a blue band.
The underside is brown. At the margin there are many short white strips. In the middle of wing there is a small white band.
The body is brown, but the upside is black.
Sex differences: None.
Here you can see some macro photographs of Hypolimnas antevorta.
Larval food / Foodplants
The first description of this butterfly was in 1879 by Distant. There are no subspecies.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Hypolimnas antevorta Distant 1879
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: NYMPHALIDAE
- Subfamilie: NYMPHALINAE
- Tribe: JUNONIINI
- Genus: HYPOLIMNAS
- Specific name: ANTEVORTA