Butterfly - Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

\Common Yellow Glider (Cymothoe egesta)
Butterfly - Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

Distributed worldwide, butterflies of this family are especially rich in the tropics. There are more species in this family than in any other. Adults vary in size from small to large, and their front legs are reduced, unable to be used for walking. Wing shape varies widely between different species. Browns, oranges, yellows, and blacks are frequent colors, while iridescent colors such as purples and blues are rare. Adults of some groups are the longest-lived butterflies, surviving 6-11 months. Adult feeding behavior depends on the species, where some groups primarily seek flower nectar while others only feed on sap flows, rotting fruit, dung, or animal carcasses.

  • Common Yellow Glider (Cymothoe egesta)

    Common Yellow Glider (Cymothoe egesta)

  • Light Bush Brown (Bicyclus dorothea)

    Light Bush Brown (Bicyclus dorothea)

  • Common Commodore (Precis pelarga)

    Common Commodore (Precis pelarga)

  • Janetta Themis Forester (Euphaedra janetta)

    Janetta Themis Forester (Euphaedra janetta)

  • (Marpesia berrania)

    (Marpesia berrania)

  • (Heliconius atthis)

    (Heliconius atthis)

  • (Heliconius atthis)

    (Heliconius atthis)

  • Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)

    Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)

  • Ringlet Butterfly (Ypthima multistriata)

    Ringlet Butterfly (Ypthima multistriata)

  • Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas missipus)

    Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas missipus)

  • Map Butterfly (Cyrestis thyodamas)

    Map Butterfly (Cyrestis thyodamas)

  • (Athyma cama zoroastes)

    (Athyma cama zoroastes)

  • Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)

    Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)

  • Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)

    Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)

  • Wall Butterfly (Lasiommata megera)

    Wall Butterfly (Lasiommata megera)

  • Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius)

    Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius)

  • White Admiral (Limentitis camilla)

    White Admiral (Limentitis camilla)

  • The Checkerboard (Melanargia galathea)

    The Checkerboard (Melanargia galathea)

  • Red Admiral (Vanesa atalanta)

    Red Admiral (Vanesa atalanta)

  • Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

    Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

    Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

  • The Peacock (Inachis io)

    The Peacock (Inachis io)

  • Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma)

    Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma)

  • Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

    Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

  • Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

    Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

  • Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

    Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

    Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

  • Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

    Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

  • Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

    Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

  • Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

    Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

  • Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)

    Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)

  • Clearwing Ithomiine (Ithomia sp.)

    Clearwing Ithomiine (Ithomia sp.)

  • Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides)

    Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides)

  • Laure (Doxocopa laure)

    Laure (Doxocopa laure)

  • Opsiphanes


  • Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

    Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

  • Gray Cracker (Hamadryas februa)

    Gray Cracker (Hamadryas februa)

  • Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)

    Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)

  • Mexican Catonephele (Catonephele mexicana)

    Mexican Catonephele (Catonephele mexicana)

  • Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon)

    Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon)

  • White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

    White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

  • White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

    White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

  • Leafwings (Hypna clytemnestra)

    Leafwings (Hypna clytemnestra)

  • Clearwing Satyr (Dulcedo polita)

    Clearwing Satyr (Dulcedo polita)

  • Paper Kite Butterflies (Idea leuconoe)

    Paper Kite Butterflies (Idea leuconoe)


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