Cyrestis nivea

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Cyrestis nivea
Straight line Map-wing - puddeling.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Cyrestis
Species: C. nivea
Binomial name
Cyrestis nivea
(Zinken, 1831)[1]
  • Amathusia nivea Zinken, 1831
  • Cyrestis nivalis C. & R. Felder, [1867]

Cyrestis nivea, the straight-line map-wing, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in South-East Asia. The habitat consists of primary and secondary forest at elevations between sea level and about 500 metres.

Males and females are similar, but females are somewhat paler and have slightly more rounded wings.

The larvae are green and covered with tiny pale tubercules. There is a long curved dark purplish spiky horn on the fifth and eleventh segments.[2]


  • Cyrestis nivea nivea (Java)
  • Cyrestis nivea nivalis C. & R. Felder, [1867] (southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaya, Pulau Tioma, Sumatra, Borneo)
  • Cyrestis nivea pigmentosa Okubo, 1983
  • Cyrestis nivea superbus Staudinger (Palawan)
  • Cyrestis nivea fadorensis Kheil (Nias)
  • Cyrestis nivea tonkiniana Fruhstorfer, 1901 (northern Indo-China)
  • Cyrestis nivea baliensis Martin (Bali)
  • Cyrestis nivea fruhstorferi Röber (Kangean Island)
  • Cyrestis nivea sumbawana Martin (Sumbawa)


  1. ^ "Cyrestis Boisduval, 1832" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Learn about Butterflies