Hypolimnas misippus ( Linnaeus, 1764 )

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: 39

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Hypolimnas misippus ( Linnaeus, 1764 )


145. Hypolimnas misippus ( Linnaeus, 1764) 

WL: 36mm. This is a highly ubiquitous butterfly that commonly inhabits agricultural areas, despite originally being a savanna element. It is known throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Arabia, most of the Oriental Region, Australia  , Canaries, Caribbean and Brazil (Rio Grande do Norte state), occasionally migrating to eastern Mediterranean countries ( Egypt, Lebanon and more rarely Turkey). The species is sexually dimorphic and females mimic the Danaid Danaus chrysippus  . The caterpillars are quite polyphagous and feed on Amaranthaceae  , Arecaceae  , Convolvulaceae  , Malvaceae  , Moraceae  and Portulacaceae  . 

Studied material. Cacheu: Caió, several specimens (JB)  . Gabú: Canjadude , 0 6.07.2009, 1♂ (BS 29175). 

Studied material. Biombo, Bissau, Bolama, Quinara, Tombali. Authors: Aurivillius (1910), Bacelar (1949), Larsen (2005), Bivar-de-Sousa et al. (2008b).

Probable abundance and proposed status. AB: C; CS: LC.