Mauritian friar

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Mauritian friar
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Amauris
Species: A. phoedon
Binomial name
Amauris phoedon
(Fabricius, 1798)[1]
  • Papilio phoedon Fabricius, 1798
  • Danais phaedone Godart, 1819
  • Danais phaedon Doubleday, 1847

The Mauritian friar (Amauris phoedon) is a species of nymphalid butterfly in the Danainae subfamily. It is endemic to Mauritius.[2]

Adults have been recorded imbibing exudations from the ends of broken branches of Tournefortia argentea lying on the ground, presumably for the pyrrolizidine alkaloids that may be present in the exudations.

The larvae feed on Tylophora asthmatica.


  1. ^ "Amauris Hübner, 1816" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Nymphalidae - Subtribe Danaina


  • Lepidoptera Specialist Group 1996. Amauris phoedon. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded 31 July 2007.