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Black and orange (Vanessula milca latifasciata) female.jpg
Black and orange (Vanessula milca latifasciata) female underside.jpg
Both female V. m. latifasciata
Kakamega Forest, Kenya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vanessula
Dewitz, 1887
Species: V. milca
Binomial name
Vanessula milca
(Hewitson, 1873)[1]
  • Liptena milca Hewitson, 1873
  • Vanessula buechneri Dewitz, 1887

Vanessula is a monotypic butterfly genus in the Nymphalidae family. It contains only one species, Vanessula milca, the black and orange or lady's maid. It is found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.[2] The habitat consists of dense and riverine forests.


  • Vanessula milca milca (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana)
  • Vanessula milca angustifascia Joicey & Talbot, 1928 (Ivory Coast: Nimba Mountains)
  • Vanessula milca buechneri Dewitz, 1887 (eastern Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo)
  • Vanessula milca latifasciata Joicey & Talbot, 1928 (eastern, northern and southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, western Kenya, western Tanzania, Zambia)


  1. ^ "Vanessula Dewitz, 1887" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Nymphalidae - Nymphalinae Incertae sedis