Acraea lygus

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Acraea lygus
Lygus Acraea (Acraea lygus).jpg
In Soutpansberg, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. lygus
Binomial name
Acraea lygus
Druce, 1875[1]

Acraea lygus, the lygus acraea, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in south-west Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia. In South Africa it is found from the savannah in Northern Cape to the Limpopo Province and the north-west provinces. It is an occasional migrant to Mpumalanga.

The wingspan is 48–55 mm for males and 50–56 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, but mainly from September to June.[2]


  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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