Cethosia hypsea

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Malay lacewing
Cethosia hypsea.jpg
Cethosia Hypsea mating.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Cethosia
Species: C. hypsea
Binomial name
Cethosia hypsea
Doubleday, [1847][1]
  • Cethosia hypsina C. & R. Felder, [1867]
  • Cethosia pallaurea Hagen, 1898
  • Cethosia mindanensis festiva Fruhstorfer, 1909

Cethosia hypsea, the Malay lacewing, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in from Burma to Indonesia and the Philippines.

The wingspan is about 80 mm.[2] Adults are bright orange red above with broad black borders, warning predators of their toxicity. The underside is orange red with white fasciae and is spotted with black. The wings are scalloped.[3]

The larvae feed on Adenia species. They are wine red and have long spines. They are also poisonous.


  • C. h. hypsea (Borneo)
  • C. h. palawana Fruhstorfer (Palawan)
  • C. h. munjava Fruhstorfer (western Java)
  • C. h. fruhstorferi Stichel (eastern Java)
  • C. h. hypsina C. & R. Felder, [1867] (southern Burma to Singapore)
  • C. h. aeole Moore (north-eastern Sumatra)
  • C. h. triocala Fruhstorfer (western Sumatra)
  • C. h. pallaurea Hagen, 1898 (Mentawai)
  • C. h. bankana Fruhstorfer (Bangka Island)
  • C. h. batuensis Stichel (Batu Islands)
  • C. h. mindanensis Felder (Philippines (Mindanao, Basilan))
  • C. h. festiva Fruhstorfer, 1909 (Jolo (Sulu Archipelago))
  • C. h. elioti Okubo, 1983


  1. ^ "Cethosia Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Life History
  3. ^ butterflycircle.com Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.