Junonia terea

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Soldier pansy
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J. t. elgiva
Scientific classification
J. terea
Binomial name
Junonia terea
(Druce, 1773)[1]
  • Papilio terea Drury, 1773
  • Precis terea
  • Junonia zipha Butler, 1869
  • Junonia elgiva Hewitson, 1864
  • Precis terea fumata Rothschild & Jordan, 1903
  • Precis terea f. januarii Ungemach, 1932
  • Precis tereoides Butler, 1901
  • Precis terea elgiva ab. gomensis Dufrane, 1945

Junonia terea, the soldier pansy or soldier commodore,[2] is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

The wingspan is 50–55 mm in males and 52–60 mm in females.[2]

The larvae feed on Asystasia gangetica, Phaulopsis imbricata, and Ruellia patula.


  • Junonia terea terea (Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Kenya)
  • Junonia terea elgiva Hewitson, 1864 (coast of Kenya, Tanzania, Pemba Island, Angola, eastern and southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, northern Zambia, Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape)
  • Junonia terea fumata (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903) (Ethiopia, Somalia)
  • Junonia terea tereoides (Butler, 1901) (northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, southern Sudan, Uganda, central Kenya, north-western Tanzania)


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