Pseudonympha gaika

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Pseudonympha gaika
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Pseudonympha
Species: P. gaika
Binomial name
Pseudonympha gaika
Riley, 1938[1]
  • Pseudonympha trimenii gaika Riley, 1938

Pseudonympha gaika, the Gaika brown, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in South Africa in the Eastern Cape, then along the Amathole Mountains, the north-east of the Witteberg and from Lesotho to KwaZulu-Natal near the Drakensberg.

The wingspan is 46–48 mm for males and 48–52 mm for females. Adults are on wing from November to February. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae probably feed on Poaceae grasses.


  1. ^ "Pseudonympha Wallengren, 1857" 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.