Phalanta eurytis

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Forest leopard
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Phalanta
Species: P. eurytis
Binomial name
Phalanta eurytis
(Doubleday, [1847])[1]
Synonyms
  • Atella eurytis Doubleday, [1847]
  • Albericia gomensis Dufrane, 1945
  • Atella columbina microps Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

Phalanta eurytis, the forest leopard, forest leopard fritillary, or African leopard fritillary, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in tropical Africa, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

The wingspan is 40–45 mm for males and 43–48 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with a peak from January to June.[2]

The larvae feed on Dovyalis rhamnoides, Dovyalis caffra, Populus, Trimeria, Maytenus, and Salix species.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Phalanta eurytis eurytis (tropical Africa)
  • Phalanta eurytis microps (Rothschild & Jordan, 1903) (Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phalanta Horsfield, [1829]" 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. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: File E – Heliconiinae (Nymphalidae) - Tribe Vagrantini