Melanitis libya - Violet-eyed evening brown

Species details:

Notes: Much less common than the similar Melanitis leda helena (Common evening brown).
Distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa as far as Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
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Related plant species:
PoaceaeOxytenanthera abyssinica (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. 50.Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, Nymphalidae subfamily Satyrinae, Tribe Melanitini, p. 19, 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: Melanitis libya .
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=403310, retrieved 27 July 2017

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