Acraea zetes

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Acraea zetes
Large spotted acraea (Acraea zetes zetes).jpg
Acraea zetes zetes
Large spotted acraea (Acraea zetes zetes) mating.jpg
Mating
both in Gambia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. zetes
Binomial name
Acraea zetes
(Linnaeus, 1758)[1]
Synonyms
  • Papilio zetes Linnaeus, 1758
  • Acraea (Acraea) zetes
  • Papilio menippe Drury, 1782
  • Telchinia mycenaea Hübner, 1819
  • Acraea jalema Godart, 1819

Acraea zetes, the large spotted acraea, is a butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. It is found in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Angola, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.[2] The habitat consists of open deciduous forests and woodland savanna.

The larvae feed on Theobroma cacao, Basananthe zanzibaricum, Adenia cisampelloides, Adenia lobata, Barteria acuminata, Phyllobotryum spathulatum, Smeathmannia, Passiflora, Deidama, Tacsonia and Hydnocarpus species

Subspecies[edit]

  • Acraea zetes zetes (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Angola, northern Namibia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Sudan, Uganda, western Kenya, Malawi, Zambia)
  • Acraea zetes annobona d'Abrera, 1980 (Equatorial Guinea: island of Annobon, São Tomé and Príncipe: island of São Tomé)
  • Acraea zetes rudolfi Eltringham, 1929 (northern Kenya and possibly north-eastern Uganda)
  • Acraea zetes sidamona Rothschild & Jordan, 1905 (Ethiopia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acraea Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Nymphalidae - Tribe Acraeini

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