Butterflies of Africa
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - NYMPHALINI
Wondo Genet, Ethiopia
© Peter Bruce-Jones
Antanartia are closely related to
Vanessa - the Red Admirals and Painted
There are 5
Antanartia species, 4 of which are
restricted to the African continental land mass, while the other -
borbonica, is found only on Mauritius,
Reunion and Madagascar.
Antanartia schaeneia is distributed
from Ethiopia to south eastern Africa.
Ethiopia this is a montane species, but it is found at lower
altitudes in southern Africa.
The larval foodplants include Australina,
Pouzolzia and Urtica (
Males perch on the
foliage of bushes to await passing females. They will aggressively
intercept any largish passing butterfly. When perching they usually
hold their wings half-open, but they will bask with wings fully
outspread on cool mornings or when temperatures drop late in the