Byblia ilithyia - Spotted joker

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Byblia ilithyia

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Species details:

Notes: The only recorded larval food plants are Tragia glabrata and Dalechampia capensis (Euphorbiaceae). These species are not much known from our region but B. ilithyia is fairly common throughout Africa. It is likely that other species in Tragia, Dalechampia or related genera are also used.
Distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India and Sri-Lanka.
Related plant families:
Related plant genera:
EuphorbiaceaeDalechampia (Larval foodplant)
EuphorbiaceaeTragia (Larval foodplant)
Related plant species:
EuphorbiaceaeDalechampia capensis (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. 114.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 126.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, Nymphalidae subfamily Biblidinae Tribe Biblidini, p. 7, Online Encyclopaedia.

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Byblia ilithyia .
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=403200, retrieved 29 June 2017

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