Aeropetes

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Aeropetes tulbaghia
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Melanitini
Genus: Aeropetes
Billberg, 1820
Species: A. tulbaghia
Binomial name
Aeropetes tulbaghia
(Linnaeus, 1764)
Synonyms
  • (Genus) Meneris Doubleday, 1844
  • (Species) Papilio tulbaghia Linnaeus, 1764
  • (Species) Meneris tulbaghia (Linnaeus, 1764)

The Table Mountain Beauty or Mountain Pride (Aeropetes tulbaghia) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.[1]

The wingspan is 70–78 mm for males and 75-90 for females. Adults are on wing from November to April (with peaks from December to March). There is one generation per year[2]

It is the pollinator of the orchid Disa uniflora.

The larvae feed on various Poaceae species, including Ehrharta erecta, Hyparrhenia hirta and Pennisetum clandestinum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aeropetes, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town:Struik Publishers, 2005.