(one synonym : Euploea purus van Eecke, 1915)
DANAINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(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
and usipetes is found in Australia in
Further reading :
William Chapman Hewitson,
Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies,
London, Volume 1 (1858) p. 66, No. 4, and Plate 34, fig. 4.
(updated 8 September 2003, 5 December 2013)