Acraea petraea

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Acraea petraea
Male Blood-red Acraea Pigeon Valley.JPG
Acraeidae - Acraea petraea.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. petraea
Binomial name
Acraea petraea
Boisduval, 1847[1]
  • Acraea petraea petrina Suffert, 1904
  • Acraea petraea ab. taborana Suffert, 1904
  • Acraea petraea ab. pseudacontias Wichgraf, 1914
  • Acraea petraea ab. grisea Neustetter, 1916

Acraea petraea, the blood acraea or blood-red acraea, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in coastal forests from KwaZulu-Natal to Mozambique, Kenya and Malawi.

The wingspan is 45–48 mm for males and 45–55 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, with a peak from November to February.[2]

The larvae feed on Xylotheca kraussiana and Xylotheca kotzei.


  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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