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Argynnis anadyomene

Argynnis anadyomene

Argynnis anadyomene is a butterfly found in the East Palearctic (Amur, Ussuri, China, Korea) that belongs to the browns family.

Argynnis anadyomene
Upper side of a male, in Japan.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Argynnis
A. anadyomene
Binomial name
Argynnis anadyomene
  • Argynnis ella Bremer, 1864
  • Argynnis anadyomene obliterata Kardakoff, 1928
  • Argynnis midas Butler, 1866


  • A. a. anadyomene С.Felder & R.Felder, 1862 central China
  • A. a. ella Bremer, 1864 Amur, Ussuri
  • A. a. midas Butler, 1866 Japan
  • A. a. prasoides Fruhstorfer, 1907 Korea

Description from Seitz

A. anadyomene Fldr. (= ella Brem., midas Btlr.) (70d, 71b, c). At once recognizable by the peculiar shape of the hindwing , the costa is nearly straight, being almost without a trace of curvature. Above like laodice, leather-yellow, evenly dotted with black, the female bearing a white spot before the apex. The hindwing beneath is shaded with silvery grey, having a strong metallic green gloss and being without the distinct silver bands of paphia. Throughout Eastern Asia; first described from China, but also occurring in Tibet, Amurland, Corea and Japan, ab. crassipunctata Fruhst. are specimens with larger spots above, which occur among the otherwise very constant nymolypical form (Leech). — Specimens from the island of Tsushima Fruhstorfer names prasoides; the subapical spots on the forewing above of the male are smaller than in specimens from China and Japan; in the female the basal area of the upperside is more abundantly dusted with light green and the hindwing beneath has a deeper sea-green tinge. — The species is very abundant in most localities in the warmer districts of Eastern Asia, but does not appear to go very far north; though being still plentiful on Askold, it is according to Graeser already rare near Wladiwostock, which is hardly further north. They fly somewhat later than sagana; in October I still found worn males and numerous females together with true autumnal species such as Vanessa glauconia, species of Catocala and Arhopala. They closely resemble on the wing the dark paphia female occurring there. [2]

See also


  1. C. & R. Felder, 1862 Observationes de Lepidoteris nonullis Chinae centralis et Japoniae Wien. ent. Monats. 6 (1): 22-32, (2): 33-40
  2. Seitz, A. ed. Band 1: Abt. 1, Die Großschmetterlinge des palaearktischen Faunengebietes, Die palaearktischen Tagfalter, 1909, 379 Seiten, mit 89 kolorierten Tafeln (3470 Figuren) This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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