Acraea rahira

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Acraea rahira
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. rahira
Binomial name
Acraea rahira
Boisduval, 1833
Synonyms
  • Hyalites rahira (Boisduval, 1833)
  • Telchinia rahira (Boisduval, 1833)
  • Acraea rahira uasingishuensis Stoneham, 1943
  • Acraea (Actinote) rahira
  • Acraea rahira f. melanoradiata Stoneham, 1943
  • Acraea rahira f. crippsi Stoneham, 1943

Acraea rahira, the marsh acraea, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in southern Africa. In South Africa it is found from the Western Cape along the coast to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, then inland to Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo and North West.

The wingspan is 35–40 mm for males and 40–50 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round in warmer areas, with a peak from September to April. In cooler areas it is only found in the hot summer months.[1]

The larvae feed on Persicaria attenuata africana and Conyza canadensis.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Acraea rahira rahira (southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique to Malawi, southern Tanzania, Zambia, southern Zaire (Shaba), Angola, western Kenya, Uganda)
  • Acraea rahira mufindi Kielland, 1990 (Tanzania)

References[edit]

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

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