Some caterpillars of NYMPHALIDAE in Australia
Browns, Daniaids, Emperors, Fritillaries, Nymphs, and Satyrs
PAPILIONOIDEA
 
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

NYMPHALIDAE

eggs
    
NYMPHALIDAE

pupae
    
NYMPHALIDAE

butterflies
    
NYMPHALIDAE

undersides
    
NYMPHALIDAE

females

The morphology of Caterpillars of NYMPHALIDAE varies with the subfamily:
  • APATURINAE (Emperors) caterpillars are smooth with a pair of horns on the head,
  • CHARAXINAE (also called Emperors) caterpillars are smooth with a multi-horned head capsule,
  • DANAINAE (Danaids, Tigers, Crows) caterpillars are smooth and have several long pairs of tentacles on the back,
  • HELICONIINAE (Lacewings, Fritillaries, Rustics) caterpillars are covered in spiky branched hairs,
  • LIBYTHEINAE (Snout Butterflies) caterpillars are smooth and cylindrical with sparse short hairs,
  • LIMENITIDINAE (Aeroplanes) caterpillars have horns on the head and some hairy warts along the back,
  • NYMPHALINAE (Nymphs & Admirals) caterpillars are also covered in spiky branched hairs,
  • SATYRINAE (Satyrs & Browns) caterpillars have a head which sometimes has a forked top, and also have a forked tail.


    Acraea andromacha

    Acraea terpsicore

    Argynnina cyrila

    Argyreus hyperbius

    Cethosia cydippe

    Cethosia penthesilea

    Charaxes latona

    Charaxes sempronius

    Cupha prosope

    Danaus affinis

    Danaus chrysippus

    Danaus genutia

    Danaus petilia

    Danaus plexippus

    Doleschallia bisaltide

    Euploea algea

    Euploea corinna

    Euploea darchia

    Euploea modesta

    Euploea sylvester

    Euploea tulliolus

    Geitoneura acantha

    Geitoneura klugii

    Heteronympha banksii

    Heteronympha merope

    Heteronympha paradelpha

    Heteronympha penelope

    Hypocysta euphemia

    Hypocysta irius

    Hypocysta metirius

    Hypocysta pseudirius

    Hypolimnas anomala

    Hypolimnas bolina

    Junonia orithya

    Junonia villida

    Melanitis leda

    Mycalesis perseus

    Mynes geoffroyi

    Oreixenica kershawi

    Pantoporia consimilis

    Phaedyma shepherdi

    Phalanta phalantha

    Tellervo zoilus

    Tirumala hamata

    Tisiphone abeona

    Vagrans egista

    Vanessa cardui

    Vanessa itea

    Vanessa kershawi

    Vindula arsinoe

    Yoma sabina

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    (written 11 August 2016, updated 12 November 2018, 20 June 2019, 14 July 2020, 9 March 2021)