Superfamily: Papilionoidea Family: Nymphalidae Status: Resident in Madeira
A very large orange butterfly with black and white spots on the borders and strong black veins on both upper and undersides. Males distinction from females is only by a black patch on the vein 2 on the upperside of the hind-wing.
A large caterpillar all streaked with black, yellow and white transversal lines
“The larva feeds on Milkweeds (Asclepiadaceae), especially Asclepias curassavica and Asclepias fruticosa (Aguiar & Karsholt, 2006).
Typically seen in low altitudes or coastal areas with flowers.
Occurs in Madeira, Porto Santo Islands, Azores and Canary Islands (Aguiar & Karsholt, 2006)
Regional status according to Aguiar & Karsholt, 2008: Native to Madeira & Porto Santo
Regional status according to Wakeham-Dawson et al., 2001: Resident
Status according to the European Red List of Butterflies, 2010: Not Applicable (species of marginal occurrence or introduced to Europe after AD 1500).
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