Butterflies of Africa
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
Tree, Ghana ©
There are 5
Catuna species, all Afrotropical in
distribution. Catuna crithea is by far
the commonest, and is found throughout the forested areas of
sub-Saharan Africa, from Guinea to western Kenya and Zambia, but
does not reach South Africa or the ease coast of the continent.
Catuna oberthueri is found from Sierra
Leone to Congo, Uganda and western Tanzania.
This is a rainforest species, and tends to be most abundant along
paths and tracks where dappled sunlight filters through the tree
foliage to reach the forest floor.
The larval foodplants are unknown but are most likely to be in the
Pathfinder is a fairly common species across it's range, but it is
rarely as abundant as crithea, with which
it sometimes but not always shares it's breeding sites. At some sites
where it is common, crithea is virtually
absent, suggesting that the 2 species may depend on different larval
flight and behaviour are similar to that of
crithea, but oberthueri tends to
be less nervous and more approachable.
© Adrian Hoskins