Euphaedra eupalus

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Euphaedra eupalus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Euphaedra
Species: E. eupalus
Binomial name
Euphaedra eupalus
(Fabricius, 1781)[1]
  • Papilio eupalus Fabricius, 1781
  • Euphaedra (Euphaedrana) eupalus
  • Papilio erithonius Fabricius, 1787
  • Euryphene swanzyana Butler, 1868

Euphaedra eupalus, the western blue-banded forester, is a butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. It is found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo.[2]

The habitat consists of wet forests. Adults are attracted to fallen fruit.


Upperside: antennae black, lighter at the tips. Head black. Thorax and abdomen dark brown. Anterior wings dark red brown, tipped with white; but next to the shoulders of a purplish hue, with a dark yellow streak near the tips, extending obliquely from the anterior towards the external edge. Posterior wings also red brown; but towards the middle and shoulders of a purplish blue, which they reflect more or less according to the position they are held in.

Under side: palpi and breast yellow. Anterior wings olive brown, tipped with white; but along the external edges of a hazel colour, and near the shoulders having three round black spots on each. Posterior wings similar to the anterior, being of a brown olive, variegated, and clouded, with three small spots placed near the shoulders, as in the superior ones. All the wings are a little dentated (tooth like).

Wingspan a little over 3 12 inches (90 mm).[3]


  1. ^ "Euphaedra Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Nymphalidae - Tribe Adoliadini
  3. ^ Drury, Dru (1837). Westwood, John, ed. Illustrations of Exotic Entomology. 2. p. 29. pl. XV.