Butterflies of Africa
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
Kakum, Ghana ©
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.
is distributed from Sierra Leone to
Congo, Uganda and western Tanzania.
species is found
in good quality rainforest.
To be completed.
egesta spend much of their time in the sub canopy. At Kakum for
example I have spent long periods on the canopy walkway, looking down
on males of mabillei,
egesta gliding in wide circles around the sunlit upper branches
of smaller trees. Fortunately the butterflies also descend to
ground level occasionally, and with luck can be observed closely as
they feed at decomposing fruits or other vegetable matter on the