Lachnoptera ayresii

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Lachnoptera ayresii
Blotched Leopard (Lachnoptera ayresii) (33048518152).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Lachnoptera
Species: L. ayresii
Binomial name
Lachnoptera ayresii
Trimen, 1879[1]
  • Lachnoptera ayresii var. abbottii Holland, 1896

Lachnoptera ayresii, the eastern blotched leopard, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Afromontane and riverine forest from Port St. Johns in the Eastern Cape and then along the escarpment to the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and the Wolkberg in Limpopo, north to Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

The wingspan is 45–52 mm for males and 50–56 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with a peak in late summer and autumn, from January to June.[2]

The larvae feed on Rawsonia lucida and Vismia species.


  1. ^ "Lachnoptera Doubleday, [1847]" 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.