Nepheronia argia

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Large vagrant
Large vagrant (Nepheronia argia argia) male.jpg
male N. a. argia
Bobiri Forest, Ghana
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pieridae
Genus: Nepheronia
Species: N. argia
Binomial name
Nepheronia argia
(Fabricius, 1775)
Synonyms
  • Papilio argia Fabricius, 1775
  • Papilio cassiopea Cramer, 1779
  • Pieris idotea Boisduval, 1836
  • Eronia argia ab. semiflava Aurivillius, 1895
  • Eronia argia ab. mixta Aurivillius, 1895
  • Eronia argia ab. sulphurea Aurivillius, 1895
  • Eronia argia virescens Suffert, 1904
  • Eronia argia var. castelaini Schouteden, 1912
  • Nepheronia argia hollandi Fox, 1963
  • Nepheronia argia argia aurantiaca Bernardi, 1968
  • Nepheronia argia f. mongala Berger, 1981
  • Eronia argia f. euterpe Stoneham, 1957
  • Erone argia f. calliope Stoneham, 1957
  • Eronia argia f. erato Stoneham, 1957
  • Eronia argia giara Suffert, 1904
  • Eronia usambara Aurivillius, 1907
  • Eronia varia Trimen, 1864
  • Eronia argia aurora Suffert, 1904
  • Nepheronia argia f. oraria van Son, 1949
  • Nepheronia argia f. hemicrocea van Son, 1949

Nepheronia argia, the large vagrant, is a butterfly of the family Pieridae. It is found throughout Africa.[1]

The wingspan is 50–65 mm for males and 48–70 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas with peaks in late summer and autumn.[2]

The larvae feed on Hippocratea longipetolata, Cassipurea ruwenzorensis, and Ritchiea species.[1][2]

Subspecies[edit]

  • N. a. argia (Fabricius, 1775) (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Sudan, northern Uganda)
  • N. a. argolisia (Stoneham, 1957) (Uganda, western Kenya, western Tanzania, north-western Zambia)
  • N. a. mhondana (Suffert, 1904) (eastern Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe, central and northern Mozambique)
  • N. a. varia (Trimen, 1864) (South Africa)
  • N. a. variegata Henning, 1994 (southern Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nepheronia, funet.fi
  2. ^ a b Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.