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Polka Dot (Pardopsis punctatissima).jpg
Polka dot
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Acraeini
Genus: Pardopsis
Trimen, 1887
Species: P. punctatissima
Binomial name
Pardopsis punctatissima
(Boisduval, 1833)
  • Acraea punctatissima Boisduval, 1833
  • Acraea stictica Boisduval, 1847

Pardopsis is a monotypic butterfly genus in the family Nymphalidae.[1]

Its only species is Pardopsis punctatissima, the polka dot. It is found in fynbos, lowland and Afromontane forest, and grassland from Van Stadens Pass in the Eastern Cape and then along the foothills of the eastern escarpment into Mpumalanga and Limpopo, north to Mozambique and then from Zimbabwe to Ethiopia. It is also present in Madagascar.

The wingspan is 30–34 mm for males and 33–36 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with a peak from October to March.[2]

The larvae feed on Hybanthus capensis.


  1. ^ "Pardopsis Trimen, 1887" 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.