Mimathyma schrenckii is a nice . 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
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.
Elm (Ulmus propinqua, Ulmus laciniata, Ulmus japonica)
- Apatura schrenckii laeta [Oberthür, 1906]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- 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/)
Similar and closely-related species
Mimathyma schrenckii Ménétriés 1859
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: NYMPHALIDAE
- Subfamilie: APATURINAE
- Tribe: ---
- Genus: MIMATHYMA
- Specific name: SCHRENCKII