Vanessa dimorphica

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Northern short-tailed admiral
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Nymphalini
Genus: Vanessa
Species: V. dimorphica
Binomial name
Vanessa dimorphica
(Howarth, 1966)
  • Antanartia dimorphica Howarth, 1966

Vanessa dimorphica (northern short-tailed admiral or dimorphic admiral) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Africa.

Wingspan is 45–45 mm in males and 42–48 mm in females. Has two or three flight periods with peak between April and May.[1]

The larvae feed on Laportia peduncularis and Drogueria and Carduus species.[1]

This species was traditionally considered to be a member of the genus Antanartia, but recent molecular analyses reveals that it is more closely related to members of the genus Vanessa[2]


Listed alphabetically.[3]

  • V. d. aethiopica Howarth, 1966 − (highlands of Ethiopia)
  • V. d. comorica Howarth, 1966 – (Comoros)
  • V. d. dimorphica Howarth, 1966 – (Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga)
  • V. d. mortoni Howarth, 1966 – (eastern highlands of Nigeria, western Cameroon, Bioko)


  1. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  2. ^ Wahlberg, Niklas; Rubinoff, Daniel (2011). "Vagility across Vanessa (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): mobility in butterfly species does not inhibit the formation and persistence of isolated sister taxa". Systematic Entomology. 36 (2): 362–370. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00566.x. 
  3. ^ Antanartia at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms