Butterflies of Africa
African Leaf butterfly
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
consists of a single species
rumia, which is confined to Africa. The
butterfly is closely related to the Oriental Leaf butterflies in the
genus Kallima, and shares with them a
leaf-like wing shape,
underside pattern and an
upperside featuring a broad suffused blue diagonal
band, and a narrow
orange subapical band. The tribal status of
Kallimoides is uncertain, with some taxonomists including them
within Junoniini, and others pacing them in a tribe of their own -
found throughout the forested regions of sub-Saharan Africa, from
Guinea to Angola,
Congo, Rwanda, Uganda
and north-west Tanzania.
To be completed.
The larval foodplant
( Acanthaceae ).
butterflies are usually found singly, or in two's and three's.
Males perch on the lower foliage of trees or at the top of tall bushes
along logging roads and in forest glades. They are highly territorial
and aggressive towards any other butterflies entering their domain.
When perching they hold their wings slightly apart in readiness for
flight. They roost under leaves in overcast weather.