Superfamily: Papilionoidea Family: Nymphalidae Status: Resident in Madeira
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A brownish, medium-sized butterfly with orange-yellowish spots and outer margins scalloped. Its hind-wings uppersides have three to four eye-spots each surrounded by an orange ring while on the its marbled undersides those spots seems more like an arc of rusty brown eye-spots with yellow pupils (Haahtela et al, 2011).
The caterpillar is yellowish-green with a longitudinal green stripe along the back and paler lines along the sides.
“The larva feeds on several Gramineae, including Brachypodium sylvaticum” (Aguiar & Karsholt, 2006).
Woodlands are its prefered habitat where it normally looks for shady areas with dappled sunlight.
Occurs in Madeira and Porto Santo 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: Common resident
Status according to the European Red List of Butterflies, 2010: Least Concern
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