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).


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


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


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



Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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