Dichorragia nesimachus (Constable, Wachtmeister)

Dichorragia nesimachus also called Constable is a nice butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1846 by Bouisduval. With a wingspan of 7.0 – 8.0 cm the Constable is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is very dark and marmorate with white sinuous line and spots.

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 Dichorragia nesimachus (Constable, Wachtmeister). Dichorragia nesimachus is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia).


The forewings are dark brown, dark green and marmorate. At the margin there is a white sinuous line. At the wing leading edge there is a broad white band. There are some little white spots on wing.
The underside is dark brown. All white spots and bands and sinuous lines from upside are also there. At the wing leading edge there are two bluish spots.

The hind wings are dark brown, dark green and marmorate. Hind wings have no tails. The margin is ridged. At the margin there are a white sinuous line and a chain of black spots. There are some bluish spots on wing.
The underside is a copy of upside, but the chain of black spots is broader than upside.

The body is dark brown.

Sex differences: None


The Constable (Dichorragia nesimachus) is a butterfly of the Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia) and the Palaearctic ecozone (Asia). The distribution extend from the East of India to Japan and from the South of China to Myanmar to Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.

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

Larval food

Melisoma sp.

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1846 by Boisduval. There are many subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

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Scientific name

Dichorragia nesimachus Boisduval 1846  



Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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