Photos for easy identification
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
The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Fabricius. There is only one subspecies.
- Vanessa gonerilla ida [Alfken, 1899]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 14.06.2006)
- 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/)
Vanessa gonerilla Fabricius 1775
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: NYMPHALIDAE
- Subfamilie: NYMPHALINAE
- Tribe: NYMPHALINI
- Genus: VANESSA
- Specific name: GONERILLA