Cymothoe caenis

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Cymothoe caenis
Cymothoe caenis mâle.jpg
Male, Mbalmayo, Cameroon
Common white glider (Cymothoe caenis) female.jpg
Female, Kibale National Park, Uganda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Cymothoe
Species: C. caenis
Binomial name
Cymothoe caenis
(Drury, [1773])
  • Papilio caenis Drury, 1773
  • Harma adelina Hewitson, 1869
  • Cymothoe adelina
  • Harma corsandra Druce, 1874
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. conformis Aurivillius, 1898
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. dumensis Strand, 1910
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. bakossensis Strand, 1912
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. luteostriata Strand, 1914
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. diffusa Schultze, 1916
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. obscura Schultze, 1920
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. variegata Schultze, 1920
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. lutea Schultze, 1920
  • Cymothoe caenis f. rubida Holland, 1920
  • Cymothoe caenis f. crassa Overlaet, 1942
  • Cymothoe caenis f. maynei Overlaet, 1942
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. uniformis Overlaet, 1952
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. styx Overlaet, 1952
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. schultzei Overlaet, 1952
  • Cymothoe caenis ab. ferruginea Dufrane, 1953

Cymothoe caenis, the common glider, is a species of butterfly of the family Nymphalidae.[2] It is found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, southern Nigeria, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.[3] The habitat consists of forests and heavy woodland. It is a migratory species.

The larvae feed on Rawsonia usambarensis, Rawsonia lucida, Caloncoba gilgiana, Caloncoba glauca, Oncoba spinosa, Oncoba welwitschii, Lindaeckeria and Uapaca species.



  1. ^ Larsen, T.B. (2011). "Cymothoe caenis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T160593A5373038. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T160593A5373038.en. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cymothoe Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Nymphalidae - Tribe Limenitidini