Salamis parhassus - Common mother-of-pearl

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Salamis parhassus
Salamis parhassus

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba.

Species details:

Note: Sexes similar but female larger than male. Dry season (winter) form (see photos), greener and less distinctly marked than summer form.
Distribution: Locally common in the coastal forests of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Eswatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Caprivi, Namibia.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
Larval food (by plant species):
AcanthaceaeAsystasia intrusa (Food plant)
AcanthaceaeBrillantaisia cicatricosa (Food plant)

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Salamis parhassus ., retrieved 15 April 2024

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