Precis octavia

Precis octavia, the gaudy commodore is an African butterfly that displays different wing patterns in summer and winter.

There are 2 subspecies of Precis octavia:

  • the northern, P. octavia octavia, occurs from Sierra Leone to Somali
  • the southern, P. octavia sesamus.

The southern subspecies of the gaudy commodore displays a seasonal variation in it’s wing patterning. Individuals emerging as adults in the warm summer appear different to those emerging in the cooler winters of the South African zone.

Species detail

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    Seasonal variation

    The southern subspecies of the gaudy commodore displays a seasonal variation in it’s wing pattern. Find out more about why this might be happening.

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    Summer form

    Discover the characteristics of the summer form of the gaudy commodore.

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    Winter form

    Learn more about the wing patterns of the winter form of the southern subspecies of the gaudy commodore.

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    Intermediate forms

    Find our more about rare intermediate forms and the intermediate nature of Precis octavia larvae.

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    Distribution

    The northern subspecies of Precis octavia occurs from Sierra Leone to Somali the southern in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

Author

Henry Ferguson-Gow

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