Euploea usipetes Hewitson, 1858
White-flash Crow
(one synonym : Euploea purus van Eecke, 1915)
DANAINAE ,   NYMPHALIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The adult butterflies of this species are brownish black, often with a pale brown area on the front of each forewing, and usually an even paler area on the rear of each hindwing. The adult butterflies have a wing span around 6 cms.

Various subspecies are found in

  • New Guinea,
  • Sulawesi,

    and usipetes is found in Australia in

  • Queensland on Cape York.


    Further reading :

    William Chapman Hewitson,
    Danaidae: Euploea
    Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies,
    London, Volume 1 (1858) p. 66, No. 4, and Plate 34, fig. 4.


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    (updated 8 September 2003, 5 December 2013)