Precis archesia

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Garden inspector
Garden Inspector, Africa.jpg
f. pelasgis in Tanzania, East Africa
Precis archesia subsp archesia, v archesia, Pretoria.jpg
f. archesia in South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Junoniini
Genus: Precis
Species: P. archesia
Binomial name
Precis archesia
(Cramer, [1779])
  • Papilio archesia Cramer, 1779
  • Junonia archesia
  • Vanessa pelasgis Godart, 1819
  • Junonia chapunga Hewitson, 1864
  • Precis staudingeri Dewitz, 1879
  • Precis guruana Rogenhofer, 1891
  • Precis archesia var. semitypica Aurivillius, 1899
  • Precis archesia var. striata Aurivillius, 1901
  • Precis archesia ab. inornata Neustetter, 1916
  • Precis archesia f. coryndoni Rothschild, 1918
  • Precis archesia f. obsoleta Joicey and Talbot, 1921
  • Junonia archesia ugandensis McLeod, 1980

Precis archesia, the garden inspector or garden commodore, is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, native to Subsaharan Africa.[1]

Wingspan: 45–50 mm for males and 50–60 mm for females.[1]

Flight period is year-round with two main broods between September to March and April to August.[1]


  • P. a. archesia (Kenya, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Zambia to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape Province, Western Cape Province to the south-east)
  • P. a. ugandensis (McLeod, 1980) (Sudan, Uganda)


Larval food plants include Plectranthus esculentus, Plectranthus fruticosus, Rabdosiella calycina, Pycnostachys reticulata, and Pycnostachys urticifolia.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  2. ^ Precis at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms