The Nymphalinae are a subfamily of brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae). Sometimes, the subfamilies Limenitidinae, and Biblidinae are included here as subordinate tribe(s), while the tribe Melitaeini is occasionally regarded as a distinct subfamily.

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Kallima paralekta - MHNT
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Swainson, 1827
6 tribes (but see text)


The traditionally recognized tribes of Nymphalinae are here listed in the presumed phylogenetic sequence:[1]

Genera incertae sedis are:

In addition to these, Crenidomimas is sometimes placed here, but may belong in the Limenitidinae, genus Euryphura.

The Late Eocene fossil genus Lithodryas might belong here, but it is generally assigned to the Lycaenidae.


  1. ^ See references in Savela (2010)

Further readingEdit

  • Savela, Markku (2010): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Nymphalinae. Version of 2010-JUN-30. Retrieved 2011-FEB-08.
  • Glassberg, Jeffrey Butterflies through Binoculars, The West (2001)
  • Pelham, Jonathan Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada (2008)

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