Gnophodes betsimena diversa - Yellow-banded evening brown

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Gnophodes betsimena

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Moribane Forest, Mozambique.

Species details:

Note: Much less common than the similar Melanitis leda helena (Twilight brown).
Distribution: In our region race diversa is known from Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Eastern Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as Durban. Race parmeno is known from northern Zambia and further North into Central and West Africa.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
PoaceaeSetaria (Larval foodplant)
Larval food (by plant species):
PoaceaePanicum deustum (Larval foodplant)
PoaceaeRottboellia cochinchinensis (Larval foodplant)
PoaceaeSetaria barbata (Larval foodplant)
PoaceaeSorghum arundinaceum (Larval foodplant)
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. 9, Online Encyclopaedia.

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: Gnophodes betsimena diversa., retrieved 22 June 2024

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