Butterflies of Africa
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
are 72 described species in the genus Cymothoe,
a group of large and magnificent butterflies commonly known as
Gliders. The genus is entirely Afrotropical in distribution.
The males vary in
colour, ranging from the pure white of caenis,
and the deep ochreous yellow and chocolate brown of
fumana, to the fabulous and aptly named
Blood Red Glider sangaris. There are
several "red" species - anitorgis,
The males of these species are all extremely similar in appearance,
but coccinata can be recognised by the
tiny black submarginal chevrons on the hindwings.
Cymothoe coccinata is a West African
species, found from Sierra Leone to Ghana.
male, Bunso, Ghana
This is a rainforest species, found at altitudes between about
The eggs are laid singly on Rinorea (
On sunny mornings both
sexes spend their time high in the tree tops, but in the afternoon
they will sometimes descend to bask on low herbage. The gorgeous
orange-red males also settle on forest tracks to imbibe moisture from