Nymphalis antiopa - photo © Xristos Dimadis

Nymphalis antiopa, Grevena - photo © Xristos Dimadis

Nymphalis antiopa


Nymphalis antiopa is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common name

Camberwell Beauty


Family: Nymphalidae > Subfamily: Nymphalinae > Tribus: Nymphalini > Genus: Nymphalis


Male to female: 60-70 mm


Both sexes have a similar appearance. The dorsal side of the wings is dark maroon colored with pale-yellow color in the submarginal area and there are bright, iridescent blue spots in the postdiscal area. The ventral side of the wings is very dark brown, almost black with similar pale-yellow edges.


Adults hibernate from December to February. Usually, they keep the wings closed when sitting on the ground. The butterflies are difficult to be located and they often prefer rotting fruits and sweating face or hands.


Nymphalis antiopa in Crete lives in forest edges, forest paths, glades, orchards.

Food plant

The larva feeds on Rosaceae, Salicaceae, and Ulmaceae plants.

Flight Period

The butterfly flies in one generation per year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

The Camberwell Beauty is a very rare sighting in Crete. It has a unique appearance in Crete and can’t be confused with any other butterflies of the island.


Least Concern (LC)

(*European Red List of Butterflies, 2010)

Nymphalis Antiopa Distribution Map 

*based on http://www.pamperis.gr/THE_BUTTERFLIES_OF_GREECE/MAPS.html

based on http://www.pamperis.gr/THE_BUTTERFLIES_OF_GREECE/MAPS.html