Amauris ochlea

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Novice butterfly (Amauris ochlea) male.jpg
Male, Mabibi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Novice butterfly (Amauris ochlea) female.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Amauris
Species: A. ochlea
Binomial name
Amauris ochlea
(Boisduval, 1847)
  • Euploea ochlea Boisduval, 1847
  • Amauris ochleides var. comorana Aurivillius, 1909 (not Oberthür, 1897)
  • Amauris ochlea affinis f. spatiosa Talbot, 1940
  • Amauris ochlea affinis f. valens Talbot, 1940
  • Amauris ochlea var. affinis Aurivillius, 1911
  • Amauris bumilleri Lanz, 1896

Amauris ochlea, the novice, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern and south-east Africa.

The wingspan is 55–60 mm for males and 60–65 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round (with peaks in summer and autumn).[1]

The larvae feed on Tylophora anomala, Tylophora stolzii, Gymnema, Marsdenia, Secamone, Cynanchum chirindense, Cyanchum abyssinicum, Cynanchum medium, Cynanchum nigrum, Cynanchum natalitium and Cynanchum vincetoxicum.[2]


  • Amauris ochlea ochlea (eastern Kenya to Zululand, Natal)
  • Amauris ochlea affinis Aurivillius, 1911 (Comoro Islands)
  • Amauris ochlea bumilleri Lanz, 1896 (northern Malawi, south-western Tanzania, Zambia)
  • Amauris ochlea darius Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 (northern Kenya (Meru, Mount Kulai) to southern Somalia and southern Ethiopia)
  • Amauris ochlea moya Turlin, 1994 (Comoro Islands)
  • Amauris ochlea ochleides Staudinger, 1896 (Eritrea, northern Ethiopia)


Specimens from the coastal forest at Mabibi, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.


  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  2. ^ "Amauris Hübner, 1816" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms