Nymphalis antiopa, Grevena - photo © Xristos Dimadis
Nymphalis antiopa is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae on the island of Crete, Greece.
Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758)
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.
The larva feeds on Rosaceae, Salicaceae, and Ulmaceae plants.
The butterfly flies in one generation per year.
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)
Nymphalis Antiopa Distribution Map
based on http://www.pamperis.gr/THE_BUTTERFLIES_OF_GREECE/MAPS.html