Acraea alalonga

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Long-winged orange acraea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. alalonga
Binomial name
Acraea alalonga
(Henning & Henning, 1996)
Synonyms
  • Actinote alalonga Henning & Henning, 1996
  • Hyalites alalonga (Henning & Henning, 1996)
  • Telchinia alalonga Henning & Henning, 1996

Acraea alalonga, the long-winged orange acraea, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in montane grassland from the Drakensberg and midlands in KwaZulu-Natal, north into Mpumalanga and the Wolkberg in Limpopo.

The wingspan is 54–74 mm for males and 58–74 mm for females. Adults are on wing from November to January (with a peak in December) and from March to May (with a peak in April). There are two generations per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Fabaceae species, including Aeschynomene species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.