Hypolimnas dexithea

Hypolimnas dexithea is a great butterfly from Afrotopic ecozone (Africa). The first description was in 1863 by Hewitson. With a wingspan of 9.0 – 11.0 cm Hypolimnas dexithea 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 auburn areas.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Hypolimnas dexithea. Hypolimnas dexithea is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Afrotropic ecozone (Africa).


Description

The forewings are black. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a chain of short white stripes. There is a broad white band on wing. At the pinion there are some little white spots. Nearby the body there is a whitish spot.
The underside is auburn. All criteria 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 big white and a small auburn area.
The underside is auburn. All criteria from upside are also there.

The body is brown, but the upside is black.

Sex differences:


Macro photographs

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Hypolimnas dexithea (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Hypolimnas dexithea (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Hypolimnas dexithea (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Hypolimnas dexithea (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Hypolimnas dexithea (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 07.10.2006, macro photograph of Hypolimnas dexithea (underside)

Here you can see some macro photographs of Hypolimnas dexithea.


Distribution

Hypolimnas dexithea is a butterfly of the Afrotropic ecozone (Africa). The distribution is restricted to Madagascar.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food / Foodplants

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1863 by Hewitson. There are no subspecies.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Hypolimnas antevorta [Distant, 1879] 

Hypolimnas bolina [Linnaeus, 1758] (Great Eggfly, Große Eierfliege) AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA

Hypolimnas salmacis [Druce, 1773] (Blue Diadem, Blaues Diadem)


Scientific name

Hypolimnas dexithea Hewitson 1863


Synonym

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AFROTROPIC (Africa)

 

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