Precis (butterfly)

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Garden Inspector, Africa.jpg
Garden inspector (Precis archesia), Tanzania
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Junoniini
Genus: Precis
Hübner, [1819]

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  • Coryphaeola (Butler, 1878)
  • Kallimula (Holland, 1920)

Precis is a genus of nymphalid butterflies described by Jacob Hübner in 1819.[1] They are commonly known as commodores and are found in Africa. Two species are endemic to Madagascar.


Precis are medium to large butterflies (wingspan up to 5 cm). The upperside ground colour is black with white, pink, green, or blue spots and bands, the upperside may also have a brownish ground colour. The wings often have eyespots. The outer wing margins are wavy and toothed or scalloped. The species tend to have rainy-season and dry-season forms which can look quite different. Many of the species can occur in several other colour forms (morphs).


Precis are savannah species. They are good fliers. The larvae feed on Lamiaceae.


The genus Precis is closely allied to Junonia. The two genera differ in the structure of their genitalia and larval food plant choice. The type species of the genus is Precis octavia.


Listed alphabetically:[2]

Incertae sedis


  1. ^ Hübner, Verzeichniss bekannter Schmettlinge, 17-176, 1819.
  2. ^ "Precis Hübner, [1819]" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

External links[edit]

Images representing Precis at EOL