Euploea batesii C. Felder & R. Felder, [1865]
Bates' Crow
DANAINAE ,   NYMPHALIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


upper side
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on plants from the family APOCYNACEAE, including

  • Oleander ( Nerium oleander ), and
  • Wide Milkvine ( Parsonsia lata ).

    The adult butterflies of this species are brownish black, with a few white spots on the undersides of the hindwings. The adult butterflies have a wing span around 7 cms.


    under side
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    Various subspecies are found in

  • New Guinea and adjacent islands,

    and resarta Butler, 1876 is found in Australia in

  • Queensland on Cape York.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 611-612.

    Baron Cajetan & Rudolf Felder,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2, Part 2 (1865), p. 331, No. 436.


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    (updated 15 February 2002, 4 Deecmber 2013)