Phoebis philea, Cymothoe sangaris, P. argante
26x19x6cm frame (red)
This wonderful bright yellow butterfly has a large distribution, from the southern United States down to Brazil. It is a swift, high flier. Eggs are laid singly on the host plant, Cassia.
The Blood Red Glider is found in tropical forests in Central Africa. Aside from its arresting colouration – it is one of the only solid red butterflies out of the 20,000 or so butterfly species in the world – its fame mostly comes from the fact that due to sexual dimorphism it is often very difficult to be sure of its species. While the males of C. sangaris generally look alike, the same cannot be said for the females, which have been described under upwards of 20 different species due to their variety.
The adults spend most of their time in the forest canopy but also seek out sunlit spots between the trees and feed on decaying vegetation on the forest floor.
A shade darker than P. philea; a richer orange. To be honest, for such a common butterfly there is remarkably little information available.