Butterflies of Africa
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - JUNONIINI
© Peter Bruce-Jones
Precis is closely allied to
Junonia and includes several species
that were formerly placed within that genus.
There are 20
currently recognised Precis species of
which 14 are found exclusively on the African mainland. A further 2
are endemic to Madagascar. The remaining 3 are found in south-east
Precis limnoria is found in n.e.
Tanzania, eastern Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and s.w. Arabia.
This is a savannah butterfly, found at altitudes between sea level
and about 1500m.
The larval foodplants are Lamiaceae ( as with other
Precis species ).
butterflies have a rapid flight over short distances, pausing
regularly to visit flowers. When nectaring they usually hold their
wings half open, but early or late in the day, when temperatures are
relatively cool, they will bask on low foliage with their wings fully