Coenyra aurantiaca

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Coenyra aurantiaca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Coenyra
Species: C. aurantiaca
Binomial name
Coenyra aurantiaca
Riley, 1938[1]
Synonyms
  • Coenyra hebe ab. aurantiaca Aurivillius, 1911

Coenyra aurantiaca, the Pondo shadefly, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa, in the Eastern Cape from Alexandria to Wild Coast north to Umdoni Park in southern KwaZulu-Natal. Inland it is found to the Afromontane forests in the Amatolas and on the Katberg.

The wingspan is 35–38 mm for males and 36–40 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to May (with a peak in late summer).[2]

The larvae probably feed on Poaceae species. Larvae have been reared on Ehrharta erecta.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coenyra Hewitson, 1865" 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.