Nymphalis antiopa (Camberwell Beauty, Trauermantel, Le Morio)

Nymphalis antiopa, also called Camberwell Beauty or Trauermantel is an unmistakable and rare butterfly from Palaearctic ecozone (Europe). The first description was in 1758 by Linnaeus. With a wingspan of 6.0 – 7.0 cm the Camberwell Beauty is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is dark brown and have a broad yellowish band and a chain of blue spots at the margin.


Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 15.08.2007 Schmetterlingsparadies Langschlägerwald
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 15.08.2007 Schmetterlingsparadies Langschlägerwald
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 15.08.2007 Schmetterlingsparadies Langschlägerwald
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 15.08.2007 Schmetterlingsparadies Langschlägerwald
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; 15.08.2007 Schmetterlingsparadies Langschlägerwald

This are nice photos of Nymphalis antiopa (Camberwell Beauty, Trauermantel, Le Morio). Nymphalis antiopa is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Palaearctic (Europe).


Description

The forewings are dark brown. The margin is ridged. On the wing leading edge there are two white spot. There are a broad white band and a chain of blue spots at the margin.
The underside is dark marmorate and dreary. Only the white band and the white spots from upside are also there.

The hind wings are dark brown. The margin is ridged. There are a broad white band and a chain of blue spots at the margin.
The underside is dark marmorate and dreary. Only the white band from upside is also there.

The body is dark brown.

Sex differences: None


Distribution

The Camberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa) is an unmistakable and rare butterfly of the Holearctic ecozone (Europe, Asia and North Amerika). The distribution include whole Europe without Spain, Asia from Arctic circle to Pakistan, China and Japan and North America. You can see the Camberwell Beauty until 2000 m sea level.


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

Flight period

The flight period of the Camberwell Beauty is from February to Oktober, but it has a rest period in summer.


Larval food

Birch, Willow, Aspen, Elm


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1758 by Linnaeus. There are only two subspecies.

The caterpillar is black with little orange spots and it is very thorny. The pupa has no silken girdl. This species overwinters as imago.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Nymphalis polychloros [Linnaeus, 1758] (Large Tortoiseshell, Großer Fuchs, La Grand Tortue)


Scientific name

Nymphalis antiopa Linnaeus 1758


Synonym

 Camberwell Beauty, Mourning Cloak
 Trauermantel
 Le Morio, Le Manteau bigarré
 Antiopa
 Sorgmantel
 Suruvaippa
Rouwmantel
Sorgekabe
Sorgekape
 Rusałka żałobnik
Babočka osiková
Babočka osiková


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

PALAEARCTIC (Europe)

 

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