Catacroptera cloanthe ligata Rothschild

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: 42

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Catacroptera cloanthe ligata Rothschild


*156. Catacroptera cloanthe ligata Rothschild  & Jordan, 1903

WL: 29mm. This species is known from Guinea savanna, though it may also fly in degraded habitats and often occurs close to flooded areas; the present subspecies ranges from Senegal to Cameroon, therefore, its occurrence and that of genus Catacroptera in Guinea-Bissau  , though not previously reported, were foreseeable. The nominate subspecies flies along the remaining Afrotropical Region. The caterpillars feed chiefly on species of Asystasia  , Barleria  , Justicia  , Phaulopsis  and Ruellia  ( Acanthaceae  ), as well as on Gomphocarpus  sp. ( Asclepiadaceae  ).

Studied material. Cacheu: Banhinda ( PNTC), 25.06.2009, 1♀ (BS 29079); Caió, several dry season specimens (JB). 

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