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Argynnis zenobia

Argynnis zenobia

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

Argynnis zenobia
Argynnis zenobia in Seitz 71a
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Argynnis
A. zenobia
Binomial name
Argynnis zenobia
  • Childrena zenobia
  • Argynnis penelope Staudinger, [1892]


  • A. z. zenobia China, Tibet
  • A. z. penelope (Staudinger, [1892]) South Ussuri

Description from Seitz

zenobia Leech (71a). Smaller than the previous species [A.childreni] , particularly the hindwing less large. Shape and upperside almost exactly as in paphia; fiery reddish yellow, the male with black scent-streaks on the two median branches. The underside as in childreni, but the silverbands anastomose in several places. In North and West China and Tibet. — In penelope Stgr. the male has 3 scent-streaks instead of 2 on the forewing, and the female is shaded with dull greyish green nearly as in the valesina-female of paphia. On the Sutchou, in Amurland and North China. — The butterflies are on the wing in June and July, not being rare in the south and west of the distribution-area, but very rare in the northern districts, on the Ussuri (Doerries).[2]


The larva feeds on Viola variegata.

See also


  1. Leech, 1890 New species of Lepidoptera from China Entomologist 23 : 26-50, 81-83, : 109-114, : 187-192, pl. 1
  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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