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Euphaedra perseis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Nymphalidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Euphaedra
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Similar  Euphaedra phaethusa, Euphaedra gausape, Euphaedra harpalyce, Euphaedra ceres, Euphaedra cyparissa

Euphaedra perseis, the Perseis mimic forester, is a butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. It is found in Guinea (Conakry), Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and western Ghana. It was first described by Dru Drury in 1773.

The habitat consists of wet forests. Adults mimic a day-flying moth of the Xanthospilopteryx genus. They are attracted to fallen fruit.

Description

Upperside: antennae black. Thorax and abdomen black, spotted with white. Anterior wings black, the tips edged with white; two pale lemon-coloured spots are situated in the centre of the wings, one being long, the other round; between which and the tips is a long lemon streak, extending from the anterior almost to the external edges; a large patch of a dull red is also placed on the hinder part of the wings, extending along the posterior edges from the shoulders almost to the lower corners. Posterior wings dull red coloured, bordered with black, whereon are seven small white spots placed along the external edges, and reaching from the upper to the abdominal corners. All the wings are dentated.

Underside: palpi yellow. Breast white. Legs brown. Thighs white. Anterior wings marked as on the upperside, but the colours are much duller. Posterior wings dirty red, bordered with black, whereon are eight white spots, larger than those on the upper side; the colours of the whole being much duller and fainter than on that side. Wingspan 3 14 inches (82 mm).

References

Euphaedra perseis Wikipedia


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