Swaziland's Biodiversity: Butterflies

Compilation of the information on Swaziland's butterflies would not have been possible without the data and technical assistance provided by the UCT-ADU LepiMAP project and Virtual Museum.

Information from nature reserve checklists compiled by Chuck Saunders, updated with additions from Chuck Saunders, 5 November 2009, plus additional photographic records. Numbers quoted are from Pennington's Butterflies. Nomenclature updated in 2017, as per the UCT-ADU Virtual Museum.

Photos to illustrate the checklist provided by Christopher K. Willis, I.C. and A. Sharp, Justin Bode, Peter Webb, Steve Woodhall, Ralda & Louis Heyns, G. Diedericks, J.C. McMaster, M. Holmes, Geoff Nichols, Michael Purves and Kate Braun.

An Adobe pdf version of the Swaziland Butterflies Checklist as at August 2013 is available here (click to view/download - approx 13 MB).

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Swaziland's Butterflies by family, subfamily and tribe:

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(not identified) -
    (1 species)

Hesperiidae - Skippers
   Coeliadinae (5 species)
   Hesperiinae  Baorini (12 species)
   Hesperiinae  Incertae sedis (26 species)
   Heteropterinae (4 species)
   Pyrginae  Carcharodini (11 species)
   Pyrginae  Celaenorrhinini (6 species)
   Pyrginae  Tagiadini (6 species)

Lycaenidae - Blues and coppers
   Aphnaeinae (24 species)
   Miletinae  Lachnocnemini (4 species)
   Polyommatinae  Lycaenesthini (12 species)
   Polyommatinae  Polyommatini  Polyommatina (1 species)
   Polyommatinae  Polyommatini  Incertae sedis (52 species)
   Poritiinae  Liptenini (6 species)
   Poritiinae  Pentilini (3 species)
   Theclinae  Amblypodini (2 species)
   Theclinae  Deudorigini (7 species)
   Theclinae  Hypolycaenini (7 species)
   Theclinae  Iolaini (9 species)

Nymphalidae - Nymphs and commodores
   Biblidinae  Biblidini (4 species)
   Biblidinae  Epicaliini (3 species)
   Charaxinae  Charaxini (18 species)
   Danainae  Danaini  Amaurina (5 species)
   Danainae  Danaini  Danaina (1 species)
   Heliconiinae  Acraeini  Actinotina (8 species)
   Heliconiinae  Acraeini  Acraeina (19 species)
   Heliconiinae  Incertae sedis (1 species)
   Heliconiinae  Vagrantini (3 species)
   Libytheinae (1 species)
   Limenitidinae  Adoliadini  Bebearina (1 species)
   Limenitidinae  Chalingini (1 species)
   Limenitidinae  Incertae sedis (5 species)
   Limenitidinae  Neptini (8 species)
   Nymphalinae  Junoniini (15 species)
   Nymphalinae  Kallimini (1 species)
   Nymphalinae  Nymphalini (5 species)
   Satyrinae  Dirini (4 species)
   Satyrinae  Melanitini (1 species)
   Satyrinae  Satyrini  Mycalesina (5 species)
   Satyrinae  Satyrini  Ypthimina (14 species)

Papilionidae - Swallowtails
   Papilioninae  Leptocircini (7 species)
   Papilioninae  Papilionini (7 species)

Pieridae - Whites
   Coliadinae (5 species)
   Pierinae  Leptosiaini (1 species)
   Pierinae  Pierini  Appiadina (21 species)
   Pierinae  Pierini  Pierina (1 species)
   Pierinae  Pierini  Aporiina (11 species)
   Pierinae  Teracolini (1 species)

375 species recorded or possibly found in Swaziland.

174 species recorded in Malolotja Nature Reserve
28 species recorded in Mantenga Nature Reserve
176 species recorded in Mlawula Nature Reserve

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