Vanessa gonerilla

Vanessa gonerilla is a very nice butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1775 by Fabricius. With a wingspan of 5.0 – 6.0 cm Vanessa gonerilla is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is black with white and blue spots and a broad red band.




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 Vanessa gonerilla. Vanessa gonerilla is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


Description

The forewings are black. In the pinion there is a chain of little whitish blue spots. Aside this there is a isolated white spot. A red band is crossing the wing.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the ground is brown and marmorate. Futhermore there is a blue ring between the isolated white spot and the red band.

The hind wings are dark brown and have no tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there is a broad red area which contain four black spots with a blue core.
The underside is brown and marmorate. At the margin there is a chain of dark spots.

The body is dark brown.

Sex differences: None


Distribution

Vanessa gonerilla is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The distribution is restricted to New Zealand.


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

Larval food

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General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Fabricius. There is only one subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Vanessa atalanta [Linnaeus, 1758] (Red Admiral, Admiral, Le Vulcain) PALAEARCTIC (Europe) 

Vanessa vulcania [Godart, 1819] (Canary Red Admiral, Kanarischer Admiral) PALAEARCTIC (Europe)     


Scientific name

Vanessa gonerilla Fabricius 1775


Synonym

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Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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