Butterflies of Africa
ROTHSCHILD & JORDAN,
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EURYTELINI
Eurytela comprises of 4 species.
and alinda are confined to mainland
Africa. E. narinda is endemic to
Eurytela hiarbas is found from Sierra
Leone to Ethiopia and Somalia, and south to Angola, Malawi and
Mozambique. It also occurs in s.w. Arabia.
This species is found in forest edge habitats, in
open areas within dry forest, and in land that has recently been
opened up for agriculture.
The larval foodplants include
and Dalechampia ( Euphorbiaceae ).
butterflies tend to flit back and forth from the treetops to the
herb layer, basking here and there for a few moments, with their
wings held half open. They are attracted to decomposing fruit on the
forest floor, and to sap runs on tree trunks.