Precis ceryne

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Marsh commodore
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Tanzania, Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Junoniini
Genus: Precis
Species: P. ceryne
Binomial name
Precis ceryne
(Boisduval, 1847)
  • Salamis ceryne Boisduval, 1847
  • Salamis tukuoa Wallengren, 1857
  • Kallimula ceryne f. achaeus Stoneham, 1965
  • Kallimula ceryne f. obscura Stoneham, 1965

Precis ceryne, the marsh commodore, is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, native to Subsaharan Africa.[1][2]

Wingspan: 40–45 mm in males and 42–50 mm in females.[1]

Flight period is from December to March and April to June in two broods.[1]


  • P. c. ceryne (Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland
  • P. c. ceruana Rothschild & Jordan, 1903 (Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon)


Larval food plants include Coleus, Plastostema, and Pycnostachys species.[2]


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