Acraea caldarena

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Black tip acraea
BulletinHillMuseum1921Plate9, Amauria & Acraea specimens.jpg
Figure 9
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. caldarena
Binomial name
Acraea caldarena
Hewitson, 1877[1]
  • Telchinia nero Butler, 1883
  • Acraea (Acraea) caldarena
  • Acraea amphimalla Westwood, 1881
  • Acraea dircaea Westwood, 1881
  • Acraea caldarena recaldana Suffert, 1904
  • Acraea caldarena ab. mediofasciata Neustetter, 1916
  • Acraea leucopyga latiapicalis Joicey and Talbot, 1921
  • Acraea caldarena caldarena f. pallida Le Doux, 1923
  • Acraea caldarena necessaria Le Doux, 1923
  • Acraea caldarena necessaria f. obscuroides Le Doux, 1923
  • Acraea caldarena necessaria f. decepta Le Doux, 1923
  • Acraea caldarena necessaria f. kohambullensis Le Doux, 1923
  • Acraea caldarena intermedia f. marginipunctata Le Doux, 1931
  • Acraea oncaea var. neluska Oberthür, 1878
  • Acraea ombria Weymer, 1892

Acraea caldarena, the black tip acraea or black-tipped acraea, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern and southeastern Africa.

The wingspan is 40–50 mm (1.6–2.0 in) for males and 45–55 mm (1.8–2.2 in) for females. Adults are on the wing year round, with a peak from August to April in southern Africa.[2]

The larvae feed on Passifloraceae species, including Tricliceras longipedunculatum and Adenia species.


  • Acraea caldarena caldarena (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, southern DRC (Katanga), Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya)
  • Acraea caldarena neluska Oberthür, 1878 (coasts of eastern Kenya and eastern Tanzania)


  1. ^ "Acraea Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ 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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