Euphaedra neophron

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Gold banded forester
Euphaedra neophron.jpg
Gold Banded Forester (Euphaedra neophron).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Euphaedra
Species: E. neophron
Binomial name
Euphaedra neophron
(Hopffer, 1855)[1]
  • Romaleosoma neophron Hopffer, 1855
  • Euryphene violacea Butler, 1888
  • Romalaeosoma zambesia Felder and Felder, 1867
  • Euphaedra ellenbecki Pagenstecher, 1902

Euphaedra neophron, or the gold banded forester, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in eastern and southern Africa.

The wingspan is 55–65 mm for males and 60–78 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, with a peak from February to July.[2]

The larvae feed on Deinbollia oblongifolia and Blighia unijugata.


Listed alphabetically:[3]

  • E. n. neophron (northern Tanzania to northern KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi (Usambara Mountains), eastern Zimbabwe (Chirinda Forest, Sabi Valley))
  • E. n. ellenbecki Pagenstecher, 1902 (northern Kenya, southern Somalia)
  • E. n. kiellandi Hecq, 1985 (southern Tanzania)
  • E. n. littoralis Talbot, 1929 (south-eastern Kenya (coastal forests))
  • E. n. meruensis Carpenter, 1935 (Mount Kenya)
  • E. n. rydoni Howarth, 1969 (Pemba Island)
  • E. n. violacea (Butler, 1888) (Kenya (Taveta, Kasigau), northern Tanzania (Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro))


  1. ^ "Euphaedra 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. 
  3. ^ Euphaedra neophron at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms