Acraea (Actinote) encedon encedon ( Linnaeus, 1758 )

Bivar-De-Sousa, António, Vasconcelos, Sasha, Mendes, Luís F., Larsen, Torben B., Baker, Jon & Guilherme, João L., 2016, Butterflies of Guinea-Bissau: VIII. New data, new reports, corrections and biodiversity (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea), Zootaxa 4201 (1), pp. 1-77: 48

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4201.1.1

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:3EB08193-954B-49BF-A989-1E73AC070E6B

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/A50287F3-FFC2-FFCC-FF0E-FD52FCBAFB89

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scientific name

Acraea (Actinote) encedon encedon ( Linnaeus, 1758 )
status

 

185. Acraea (Actinote) encedon encedon ( Linnaeus, 1758) 

WL: 25mm. This is a morphologically variable butterfly, common in savanna and extending to open or degraded forest, open areas around villages or towns, and to coastal zones. This subspecies occurs throughout tropical Africa and Madagascar, while A. e. rathjensi flies in southern Arabia. In many areas females exhibit higher abundances than males, as a result of the selective attack of male chrysalises by Wolbachia  bacteria (Larsen, 2005). The caterpillars are known to feed on Commelina difusa  ( Commelinaceae  ) and other representatives of the same genus, as well as on Pouzolzia  ( Urticaceae  ).

Previous references. Regions: Bafatá, Bissau, Oio. Authors: Le Doux (1931), Bacelar (1949), Villiers (1949), Larsen (2005), Consciência et al. (2008), Pierre & Bernaud (2009, map).

Probable abundance and proposed status. AB: R; CS: I.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Nymphalidae

Genus

Acraea