Phalanta phalantha aethiopica - African or Common Leopard

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Phalanta phalantha
Phalanta phalantha
Phalanta phalantha
Phalanta phalantha

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Greystone Park Nature Reserve (left) and Twentydales Ext, Epworth, Harare.

Species details:

Note: The caterpillar images show it feeding on Flacourtia indica.
Distribution: Throughout Southern Africa, except the drier areas such as the Karoo and the Western Cape.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
CelastraceaeGymnosporia (Food plant)
CelastraceaeMaytenus (Food plant)
Larval food (by plant species):
SalicaceaeDovyalis macrocalyx (Food plant)
SalicaceaeFlacourtia indica (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. 124.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 100.

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: Phalanta phalantha aethiopica ., retrieved 23 June 2024

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