Camberwell Beauty Nymphalidae

Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: Wingspan 76-88mm. The uppersides are dark reddish purple. The margins of both wings are creamy-yellow. Inside this the wings have a line of blue spots. The underside is dark with a yellow border. Males and females are similar.

Similar Species: This is unlikely to be confused with any other Irish species.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside male underside

Flight Period: N. Irish records have been in August or September.

Status: A very rare vagrant recorded on six occasions prior to 1995. In 1995 four were seen. This was a year when 350 were reported in Britain and Ireland. Since then there has been just one report in 1997.

Ecology: The Camberwell Beauty is a species of woodland. The larval foodplants are species of willow, elm or poplar. The species is univoltine with adults overwintering. The adults are wide-ranging. There are no records of breeding in Britain and Ireland, and it is considered climatic conditions are not suitable for successful overwintering by adults.

World Distribution: Found in most of continental Europe extreme north and south, temperate Asia and North America.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1596 Agassiz number: 59.028

Additional information:

UK Butterflies account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland