Butterfly – Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

Cymothoe egesta male Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)
Butterfly – Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

Distributed worldwide, butterflies of this family are especially rich in the tropics. There are more species in this family than in any other. Adults vary in size from small to large, and their front legs are reduced, unable to be used for walking. Wing shape varies widely between different species. Browns, oranges, yellows, and blacks are frequent colors, while iridescent colors such as purples and blues are rare. Adults of some groups are the longest-lived butterflies, surviving 6-11 months. Adult feeding behavior depends on the species, where some groups primarily seek flower nectar while others only feed on sap flows, rotting fruit, dung, or animal carcasses.


  • Cymothoe egesta male.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Common Yellow Glider (Cymothoe egesta)

  • Noah7 Bicyclus dorothea.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Light Bush Brown (Bicyclus dorothea)

  • Noah5 Precis pelarga.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Common Commodore (Precis pelarga)

  • Noah1 Euphaedra janetta.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Janetta Themis Forester (Euphaedra janetta)

  • Marpesia berraniaMed19 VII 08 copyright.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    (Marpesia berrania)

  • Heliconius atthisV copyright.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    (Heliconius atthis)

  • Heliconius atthis Otun24 VII copyright.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    (Heliconius atthis)

  • BluePansyBotswanaPoodyBrown.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)

  • YPTHIMA MULTISTRIATA.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Ringlet Butterfly (Ypthima multistriata)

  • HYPOLIMNNAS MISSIPUS MALE 2.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas missipus)

  • CYRESTIS THYODAMA.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Map Butterfly (Cyrestis thyodamas)

  • Athyma cama zoroastes.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    (Athyma cama zoroastes)

  • isla.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)

  • euau.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)

  • lame.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Wall Butterfly (Lasiommata megera)

  • chja.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius)

  • lica.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    White Admiral (Limentitis camilla)

  • mega.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    The Checkerboard (Melanargia galathea)

  • vaat.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Red Admiral (Vanesa atalanta)

  • paae.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

  • agur.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

  • inio.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    The Peacock (Inachis io)

  • medi.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea didyma)

  • zebra asia.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

  • buckeye.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

  • phth.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

  • vaca.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

  • nyan.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

  • dapl.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

  • mecy.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

  • posa.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Satyr Comma (Polygonia satyrus)

  • itsp.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Clearwing Ithomiine (Ithomia sp.)

  • mope 0.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides)

  • dola.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Laure (Doxocopa laure)

  • opsp.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Opsiphanes

  • mape.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

  • hafe.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Gray Cracker (Hamadryas februa)

  • sist.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)

  • came 2.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Mexican Catonephele (Catonephele mexicana)

  • came.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Owl Butterfly (Caligo memnon)

  • anja 2.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

  • anja.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

  • hycl 0.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Leafwings (Hypna clytemnestra)

  • dupo crop 0.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Clearwing Satyr (Dulcedo polita)

  • roost paper asia 0.thumbnail Butterfly   Brushfoot Family (Nymphalidae)

    Paper Kite Butterflies (Idea leuconoe)

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