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 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.
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.
Discover the characteristics of the summer form of the gaudy commodore.
Learn more about the wing patterns of the winter form of the southern subspecies of the gaudy commodore.
Find our more about rare intermediate forms and the intermediate nature of Precis octavia larvae.
The northern subspecies of Precis octavia occurs from Sierra Leone to Somali the southern in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.