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Genus: Acraea

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Panorpida > Amphiesmenoptera > Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) > Glossata > Coelolepida > Myoglossata > Neolepidoptera > Heteroneura > Ditrysia > Apoditrysia > Obtectomera > Macrolepidoptera > Rhopalocera (butterflies) > Superfamily: Papilionoidea > Family: Nymphalidae > Subfamily: Heliconiinae > Tribe: Acraeini

Some classifications have divided this large genus into a number of smaller genera. See Silva-Brandão et al. (2008) for recent molecular and phylogenetic analysis. We are retaining the genus in the broad sense here until there is more stability in the nomenclature.

Species indigenous to southern Africa

List from Vári & Kroon (2002).

Subgenus: Acraea


Acraea acara (Acara acraea)   



Acraea acrita (Fiery acraea)



Acraea aganice (Common wanderer)



Acraea aglaonice (Clear-spotted acraea)



Acraea anemosa (Broad-bordered acraea)



Acraea asema



Acraea atergatis



Acraea atolmis  



Acraea axina (Little acraea)



Acraea barberi (Barber's acraea)



Acraea boopis (Rainforest acraea)



Acraea brainei



Acraea buettneri



Acraea caldarena (Black-tipped acraea)



Acraea cerasa (Tree-top acraea )



Acraea cuva  



Acraea dondoensis



Acraea egina



Acraea horta (Garden acraea)



Acraea hypoleuca



Acraea insignis



Acraea lygus (Lygus acraea)



Acraea machequena (Machequena acraea)



Acraea natalica (Natal acraea)



Acraea neobule (Wandering donkey acraea)        



Acraea nohara (Light red acraea)



Acraea omrora



Acraea oncaea (Window acraea)



Acraea petraea (Blood-red acraea)



Acraea pseudatolmis



Acraea pudorella



Acraea rabbaiae (Clear-wing acraea)



Acraea satis (East Coast acraea)



Acraea stenobea (Suffused acraea)



Acraea trimeni (Trimen's acraea)      



Acraea violarum (Speckled red acraea)



Acraea zetes (Large-spotted acraea)


Subgenus: Actinote


Acraea acerata



Acraea anacreon (Orange acraea)



Acraea bomba



Acraea cabira (Yellow-banded acraea)



Acraea encedeon (White-barred acraea)



Acraea eponina (Small orange acraea)



Acraea esebria (Dusky acraea)



Acraea fulgurata (Long-winged orange acraea)



Acraea goetzei



Acraea igola (Dusky-veined acraea)    



Acraea induna (Induna acraea)



Acraea johnstoni



Acraea obeira (Pale-yellow acraea)



Acraea parei



Acraea pentapolis



Acraea pharsalus



Acraea rahira (Marsh acraea)



Acraea vumbui




  • Silva-Brandão, K.L., Wahlberg, N., Francini, R.B., Azeredo-Espin, A.M.L., Brown, K.S. Jr, Paluch, M., Lees, D.C. & Freitas, A.V.L. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of butterflies of the tribe Acraeini (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Heliconiinae) and the evolution of host plant use. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46(2): 515-531.

  • VÁRI, L., KROON, D.M., & KRÜGER, M. 2002. Classification and checklist of the species of Lepidoptera recorded in southern Africa. Simple Solutions, Chatswood Australia.