Melanitis leda helena - Common evening brown, Twilight brown

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Melanitis leda

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Catapu, Mozambique.

Species details:

Note: A shade loving species, most active during twilight hours.
Distribution: Common in forest areas throughout Africa, Arabia, Madagascar, other Indian Ocean Islands, East Asia, Australasia and Pacific Islands.
Larval food (by plant family):
Poaceae (Food plant)
Larval food (by plant genus):
Larval food (by plant species):
PoaceaeSetaria verticillata (Food plant)
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 50.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 40.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, Nymphalidae subfamily Satyrinae, Tribe Melanitini, p. 15, Online Encyclopaedia.

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Melanitis leda helena.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=400150, retrieved 21 September 2019

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