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Band-celled sister (A. fessonia)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus: Adelpha
Hübner, 1819

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  • Heterochroa Boisduval, [1836]

Adelpha is a genus of brush-footed butterflies found from the southern United States and Mexico to South America. They are commonly known as sisters, due to the white markings on their wings, which resemble a nun's habit.[1] This genus is sometimes included with the admiral butterflies (Limenitis).


Listed alphabetically within species group:[2][3]

The alala species group:

The capucinus species group:

The cocala species group:

The iphiclus species group:

The phylaca species group:

A. mesentina
A. messana delphicola
Southern Amazon, Brazil

The serpa species group:


See also[edit]

  • Doxocopa - A genus of butterflies whose females closely resemble Adelpha species


  1. ^ National Audubon Society (1981). Robert Michael Pyle, ed. The Audubon Society field guide to North American butterflies. Knopf. ISBN 9780394519142. 
  2. ^ "Adelpha Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  3. ^ Jeffrey Glassberg (2007). A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Sunstreak Books Inc. ISBN 978-1-4243-0915-3. pp.97-101.

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