Mimic Butterfly

Hypolimnas misippus

a mimic butterfly, Hypolimnas misippus, from Mombasa, Kenya, Jan. 2012. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Mombasa, Kenya, January 2012. There is irridescent blue surrounding the white spots that becomes more or less brilliant depending on the direction of light.

Mimic, Hypolimnas misippus, from Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens

Other common names applied to this widespread butterfly species are Danaid Eggfly and Diadem. All the names reflect the fact that these butterflies are polymorphic and that color forms taken by the females makes them appear to be one of the toxic milkweed butterflies. In other words the female may look similar or completely different than the male pictured at left!

a mimic butterfly, Hypolimnas misippus, from Nyeri, Kenya, Dec. 2015. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed near Mweiga, Nyeri County, Kenya, Dec 2012. This is a female and mimic of the African Monarch butterfly.

Nymphaliidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens. Page created 24 March 2012,
updated 17 May 2016.