Euxanthe wakefieldi

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Forest queen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Euxanthe
Species: E. wakefieldi
Binomial name
Euxanthe wakefieldi
(Ward, 1873)[1]
  • Godartia wakefieldi Ward, 1873
  • Euxanthe wakefieldi f. rubiginea Le Cerf, 1923

Euxanthe wakefieldi, the forest queen, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in South Africa, from KwaZulu-Natal to Swaziland and the north-eastern Limpopo, north into eastern Africa.

The wingspan is 65–72 mm for males and 80–90 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, with a peak from March to June.[2]

The larvae feed on Deinbollia species (including D. oblongifolia), Sapindus, Blighia, and Phialodiscus species. They are notable for their spectacular horns.[3]


  1. ^ Euxanthe wakefieldi 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. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  3. ^ 4th instar larva of Forest Queen, Euxanthe Wakefieldi, Jex Estate April 2009