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Alice Springs ButterfliesBlue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly, Egg and Instar Glasswing (Acraea andromacha) Lesser Wanderer (Danaus petilia) Meadow Argus (Junonia villida calybe) Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) Two-spotted Line-blue Butterfly (Nacaduba biocellata)

The Acraea andromacha, commonly known as the Glasswing or Small Greasy, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. The Glasswing butterfly pictured here was photographed in a urban garden in Alice Springs on a flowering Duranta Geisha Girl (Duranta erecta) shrub.

Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer
Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer

The Glasswing butterfly is found along coastal and heading inland from around the top of Western Australia, Northern Territory and down the east coast of Queensland, New South Wales, with sightings in Victoria. It has also be seen in Alice Springs, Central Australia. Subspecies are found in New Guinea and surround islands.1

Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer
Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer

The Glasswing has a wingspan of about 60 mm.

Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer
Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer

More information under Insects > Butterflies > Acraea andromacha.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Unranked: Ditrysia
  • Superfamily: Papilionoidea
  • Family: Nymphalidae
  • Subfamily: Heliconiinae
  • Tribe: Acraeini
  • Genus: Acraea
  • Species: Acraea andromacha
Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer
Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), Alice Springs NT © Dorothy Latimer

Footnote & References

  1. Acraea andromacha (Fabricius, 1775), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/0e6b438c-85df-4e1c-a6a4-1273fa8ac198
  2. Glasswing (Acraea andromacha), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/472814-Acraea-andromacha

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