Tirumala petiverana

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Tirumala petiverana
African blue tiger (Tirumala petiverana).jpg
Bobiri Forest, Ghana
Tirumala petiverana.JPG
Feeding on sunflower nectar
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Tirumala
Species: T. petiverana
Binomial name
Tirumala petiverana
(Doubleday, [1847])
Synonyms
  • Danais limniace var. petiverana Doubleday, [1847]
  • Tirumala leonora (Butler, 1866)
  • Tirumala phrynichus Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • Tirumala septentrionides Stoneham, 1958

Tirumala petiverana, the blue monarch, African blue tiger or dappled monarch, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in tropical Africa. The habitat consists of Afromontane, lowland and riverine forests.[1]

The wingspan is 60–75 mm. There is one generation per year. Adults are on wing from February to May (with peaks in April) in Zimbabwe.

The larvae feed on Pergularia extensa, Pergularia daemia, Daemia, Hoya, and Marsdenia rubicunda.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  2. ^ Tirumala petiverana at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms