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Bebearia cocalia

Bebearia cocalia insularis

Description:

This male Bebearia cocalia insularis was spotted at the Jozani National Park, Zanzibar.

Habitat:

Coastal forest. The larvae feeds on palms and it is a common butterfly in forests with non-flowering plants.

Notes:

Thank you guys at the Jozani National Park and the Zanzibar Butterfly Centre for ID.

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17 Comments

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 6 years ago

FYI on what is almost certainly the caterpillar of this butterfly . . .
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/139...
. . . whose correct scientific name is Bebearia orientis orientis, not B. "cocalia" insularis.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 years ago

This guy finally has a firm ID: Bebearia cocalia insularis, male
AmberLundeen you were very very close! Thanks to the guys at the Jozani National Park and Zanzibar Butterfly Centre for their help.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 years ago

Nicole I haven't yet but I'm going to check it out. Thanks!

NicoleB
NicoleB 11 years ago

Did you try your luck for finding an ID over here yet:
http://www.leps.it/
?

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 years ago

There is actually a Bebearia species located to Kenya and Tanzania: Bebearia chriemhilda. The picture on this site suggests that this might be the female.
http://www.amanibutterflyproject.org/nym...

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 years ago

A belated thank you Ashish, Amber and Dangermouse for your comments. Ashish and Amber thanks for your ID suggestions. Unfortunately EOL locates the 2 suggested butterflies exclusively to West Africa, whereas this spotting is in Zanzibar. I agree that as far as my only pic allows to judge there are similarities so the right ID may be very close. Ashish, the butterflies of Ghana site is great, I'm sure that dandoucette would like to see it if it's not already known to him.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

In Bebearia sp. wings does not have that brown fur at inner edge..!!

AmberLundeen
AmberLundeen 11 years ago

Actually I think its a Bebearia cocalia continentalis

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Amber due to your hint I am able to find specie..I am thankful to you..!!

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 11 years ago

Beautiful photo! Stunning colours.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

I find its very close to Euriphene atossa (based on Amber's comment)

AmberLundeen
AmberLundeen 11 years ago

Might be a Bebearia mardania m - the second image at this link looks close - but not so brightly colored

http://www.eol.org/pages/166163

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Baronet...not sure...but very close..!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you Triamate! Just soft focus and no flash.

it's golden color is wonderful...very artistic like it was made by a professional painter...thanks to the spotter..

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Alice!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Beautiful

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Tanzania

Spotted on Sep 18, 2010
Submitted on Apr 21, 2011

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