Acraea acrita

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Acraea acrita
Acraea acrita male.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. acrita
Binomial name
Acraea acrita
Hewitson, 1865
  • Acraea (Acraea) acrita
  • Acraea acrita ab. pauperata Thurau, 1903
  • Acraea acrita ab. aquilia Thurau, 1903
  • Acraea acrita f. chaeribulula Strand, 1911
  • Acraea acrita ab. aquilina Strand, 1911
  • Acraea acrita f. msamwiae Strand, 1911
  • Acraea acrita f. lindica Strand, 1911
  • Acraea acrita ab. usaramensis Strand, 1911
  • Acraea acrita f. nyassicola Strand, 1911
  • Acraea acrita littoralis Eltringham, 1912
  • Acraea acrita f. megaspila Le Cerf, 1927
  • Acraea acrita acrita f. albomaculosa Le Doux, 1931
  • Acraea acrita acrita f. fusca Le Doux, 1932
  • Acraea acrita acrita f. nigromarginata Le Doux, 1932
  • Acraea ambigua Trimen, 1891
  • Acraea acrita var. bella Weymer, 1901

Acraea acrita, the fiery acraea, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in large parts of Africa.

The wingspan is 45–55 mm. Adults are on wing year round, with a peak from February to June in southern Africa.[1]

The larvae feed on Passifloraceae, including Adenia species.


  • Acraea acrita acrita (Uganda, southern Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa)
  • Acraea acrita ambigua Trimen, 1891 (Zambia, southern Angola, Botswana, northern Namibia)


Acraea acrita is the nominate member of the Acraea acrita species group. The clade members are:


  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 

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