Nessaea aglaura

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Common olivewing
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Nessaea
N. aglaura
Binomial name
Nessaea aglaura
(Doubleday, [1848])[1]
  • Epicalia aglaura Doubleday, [1848]
  • Epicalia regina Salvin, 1869
  • Nessaea regina
  • Nessaea aglaura ecuadorensis Talbot, 1932

Nessaea aglaura, the common olivewing,[2] northern nessaea or Aglaura olivewing, is a species of butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found from Mexico to Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia. It is found in evergreen tropical forest and in semi-deciduous tropical forest.[3]

The length of the wings is 31–34 mm for males and 28–36 mm for females. Adults are on wing nearly year round.

They are notable for the presence of blue pigments in their wings, as opposed to blue created by physical structures.

The larvae feed on Alchornea costaricensis and Plukenetia volubilis.


  • Nessaea aglaura aglaura (Mexico to Panama and Ecuador)
  • Nessaea aglaura regina (Salvin, 1869) (Venezuela, Colombia)
  • Nessaea aglaura thalia Bargmann, 1928 (Colombia, Ecuador)


  1. ^ "Nessaea Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Glassberg, J. (2007) A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Sunstreak Books, p.107.
  3. ^ Neotropical Nymphalidae VII. Revision of Nessaea