Amauris niavius

Amauris niavius

''Amauris niavius'', known as The Friar, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in the forests of tropical Africa.

The wingspan is 80–85 mm for males and 78-82 for females. Adults are on wing year-round .

The larvae feed on ''Cynanchum'' , ''Gymnema'' , ''Marsdenia'', ''Secamone'', ''Tylophora'' and ''Ipomoea''. Larvae of ssp. ''dominicanus'' feed on ''Gymnema sylvestre''.
Amauris niavius Butterfly at Buhoma The Friar Butterfly (Amauris niavius) at Buhoma Amauris niavius,Buhoma,Butterfly,The Friar,Uganda

Naming

*''Amauris niavius niavius'' )
⤷ ''Amauris niavius dominicanus'' Trimen, 1879
⤷ ''Amauris niavius aethiops'' Rothschild & Jordan, 1903

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNymphalidae
GenusAmauris
SpeciesA. niavius
Photographed in
Uganda