Eurytela hiarbas

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Pied piper
Eurytela hiarbas subsp angustata, Krantzkloof Natuurreservaat.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Eurytela
Species: E. hiarbas
Binomial name
Eurytela hiarbas
(Drury, 1770)
  • Papilio hiarbas Drury, 1782
  • Eurytela hiarbas var. angustata Aurivillius, 1894
  • Eurytela hiarbas ab. flavescens Aurivillius, 1894
  • Eurytela angustissima Strand, 1916

Eurytela hiarbas, commonly known as the pied piper, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, found in Sub-Saharan Africa.[1]

Its wingspan is 45–50 mm in males and 48–55 mm in females. It has continuous broods, peaking between November and March.[2]

Its larvae feed on Tragia glabrata, Dalechampia capensis, and Ricinus communis.[2]


Listed alphabetically:[1]

  • E. h. abyssinica Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 – Ethiopia
  • E. h. angustata Lathy, 1901 – Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape
  • E. h. hiarbas (Drury, 1770) – Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria: south and the Cross River loop, Cameroon, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, western Tanzania
  • E. h. lita Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 – Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe


  1. ^ a b Eurytela,
  2. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.