Mimathyma schrenckii

Mimathyma schrenckii is a nice butterfly from Palaearctic ecozone (Asia). The first description was in 1859 by Ménétriés. With a wingspan of 8.0 – 10.0 cm the Mimathyma schrenckii is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is black with white spots. Mimathyma schrenckii is closely-related to the Purple Emperor (Apatura iris) and the Lesser Purple Emperor (Apatura ilia).

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 Mimathyma schrenckii. Mimathyma schrenckii is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Palaearctic (Asia).


The forewings are black. At the pinion there are two little white spots. A chain of white spots is crossing the wing.
The underside is black. The margin is brown and the pinion is white. The chain of white spots from upside is also there. Nearby the body there is a whitish area. In back there is a orange area.

The hind wings are black. The margin is ridged and has some white spots. There is a big white area in the middle of wing.
The underside is white. The margin and a small band crossing the wing are orange. The veins are dark.

The body is black but the upside is white.

Sex differences: None.


Mimathyma schrenckii is a nice butterfly of the Palaearctic ecozone (Asia). The distribution include South- and North-Korea, the North of China and the East of Russia.

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

Larval food

Elm (Ulmus propinqua, Ulmus laciniata, Ulmus japonica)

General information

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

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Apatura ilia [Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775] (Lesser Purple Emperor, Kleiner Schillerfalter, Le Petit Mars) EUROPE

Apatura iris [Linaaeus, 1758] (Purple Emperor, Großer Schillerfalter, Le Grand Mars) EUROPE

Scientific name

Mimathyma schrenckii Ménétriés 1859



Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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