Cymothoe coranus

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Cymothoe coranus
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In Adalbert Seitz's Fauna Africana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Cymothoe
Species: C. coranus
Binomial name
Cymothoe coranus
(Grose-Smith, 1889)[1]
Synonyms
  • Harma coranus Grose-Smith, 1889

Cymothoe coranus, the blonde glider or coast glider, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found from South Africa to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.

The wingspan is 50–60 mm for males and 60–68 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, but mainly from February to April. Peaks occur from October to December.[2]

The larvae feed on Rawsonia lucida.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Cymothoe coranus coranus (coast of Kenya, eastern Tanzania, Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwa, Swaziland, South Africa: Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape Province)
  • Cymothoe coranus dowsetti Beaurain, 1988 (Malawi: west to Kasitu Rock)
  • Cymothoe coranus kiellandi Beaurain, 1988 (western Tanzania)
  • Cymothoe coranus murphyi Beaurain, 1988 (Malawi: Mount Mlanje)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cymothoe Hübner, [1819]" 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.