Hypolimnas anthedon

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Hypolimnas anthedon
Variable eggfly (Hypolimnas anthedon anthedon) male.jpg
male H. a. anthedon
Bobiri Forest, Ghana
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Hypolimnas
H. anthedon
Binomial name
Hypolimnas anthedon
(Doubleday, 1845)[1]
  • Diadema anthedon Doubleday, 1845
  • Diadema damoclina Trimen, 1869
  • Papilio dubius Palisot de Beauvois, [1813-1830]
  • Diadema anthedon Doubleday, 1845
  • Hypolimnas dubia ab. cerberus Aurivillius, 1894
  • Hypolimnas daemona Staudinger, 1896
  • Hypolimnas daemona var. daemonides Staudinger, 1896
  • Hypolimnas dubius ab. latepicta Bartel, 1905
  • Hypolimnas dubius poensis Rothschild, 1918
  • Hypolimnas dubia dubia f. pseudodamoclina Dufrane, 1945
  • Hypolimnas dubia dubia ab. mariae Dufrane, 1945
  • Diadema wahlbergi Wallengren, 1857
  • Diadema mima Trimen, 1869
  • Euralia anthedon var. marginalis Butler, 1875
  • Hypolimnas angustilimbata Weymer, 1892
  • Hypolimnas mima f. millari Aurivillius, 1913
  • Panopea drucei Butler, 1874
  • Panopea bewsheri Butler, 1879
  • Panopea diffusa Butler, 1880
  • Hypolimnas madagascariensis Mabille, 1881
  • Hypolimnas lutescens Mabille, 1887
  • Hypolimnas limbata Crowley, 1890
  • Hypolimnas dubius mayottensis Rothschild, 1918
  • Hypolimnas dubia antelmei Le Cerf, 1928

Hypolimnas anthedon, the variable eggfly or variable diadem, is a species of Hypolimnas butterfly found in southern Africa.[1] There are four known subspecies, but it is very variable species with many morphs.

The wingspan of the variable eggfly is 75–80  for males and 74–90  for females.[2]

Its flight period is year round, peaking in late summer.[2]

The larva of Hypolimnas anthedon eat: Fleurya species, Urera camerooensis, Urera camerooensis, Urtica, and Berkheya.[1][2]


  • H. a. anthedon (southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Sudan, western Kenya, north-western Tanzania, northern and north-western Zambia)
  • H. a. drucei (Butler, 1874) (Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius)
  • H. a. wahlbergi (Wallengren, 1857) (Ethiopia, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya (east of the Rift Valley), eastern Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland )


  1. ^ a b c "Hypolimnas Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.