Acraea Butterflies

Acraea Butterflies - Southern Africa : To help differentiate between the Acraea genus. Acraea is a genus of brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae) of the subfamily Heliconiinae. It seems to be highly paraphyletic and has long been used as a wastebin taxon to unite about 220 species

To help differentiate between the Acraea genus.

Acraea is a genus of brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae) of the subfamily Heliconiinae. It seems to be highly paraphyletic and has long been used as a "wastebin taxon" to unite about 220 species of anatomically conservative Acraeini. Some phylogenetic studies show that the genus Acraea is monophyletic if Bematistes and neotropical Actinote are included (see Pierre & Bernaud, 2009). Most species assembled here are restricted to the Afrotropic ecozone, but some are found in India, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acraea_(genus)

22 Mar 2016
Shaun Swanepoel