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Any of various often brightly colored butterflies of the family Nymphalidae or the subfamily Nymphalinae, having reduced forelegs that are not used for walking.

[From New Latin Nymphālidae, family name, from Nymphālis, type genus, ultimately from Latin nympha, nymph; see nymph.]

nym′pha·lid adj.


(Animals) any butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, typically having brightly coloured wings: includes the fritillaries, tortoiseshells, red admirals, and peacock
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Nymphalidae
[C19: from New Latin, from Nymphālis genus name, from Latin; see nymph]


(ˈnɪm fə lɪd)

any of several butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, characterized by short, nonfunctional forelegs: includes the monarch, mourning cloak, and viceroy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nymphalid - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breastnymphalid - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
butterfly - diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
family Nymphalidae, Nymphalidae - large beautifully colored butterflies
Camberwell beauty, mourning cloak, mourning cloak butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa - of temperate regions; having dark purple wings with yellow borders
tortoiseshell butterfly, tortoiseshell - brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles
painted beauty, Vanessa virginiensis - American butterfly having dark brown wings with white and golden orange spots
admiral - any of several brightly colored butterflies
red admiral, Vanessa atalanta - of temperate Europe and Asia; having black wings with red and white markings
Limenitis camilla, white admiral - Eurasian butterfly with brown wings and white markings
banded purple, Limenitis arthemis, white admiral - North American butterfly with blue-black wings crossed by a broad white band
Limenitis astyanax, red-spotted purple - similar to the banded purple but with red spots on underwing surfaces
Limenitis archippus, viceroy - showy American butterfly resembling the monarch but smaller
anglewing - nymphalid butterfly having angular notches on the outer edges of the forewings
comma butterfly, Polygonia comma, comma - anglewing butterfly with a comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing
fritillary - butterfly with brownish wings marked with black and silver
emperor butterfly, emperor - large richly colored butterfly
Inachis io, peacock, peacock butterfly - European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot
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The colourful nymphalid butterflies lay eggs on nettle leaves, too, which will provide food for the caterpillars.
The colourful nymphalid butterflies will lay their eggs on the nettle leaves, which will provide food for the caterpillars.
The standard pattern of nymphalid butterflies, a 90-million-year-old family of some 6,000 different species, consists of four bands, parallel to the body, that run between it and the edge of the wings.
2001), and Palmistichus elaeisis Delvare & LaSalle (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) was reported to parasitize the pupae of another nymphalid passion fruit pest Dione juno juno Cramer (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) (Gil-Santana & Tavares 2006).
Studies upon the wing-pattern of Prepona and Agrias two genera of South American nymphalid butterflies.
Stratification of fruit-feeding nymphalid butterflies in a Costa Rican rainforest.
Territorial Behavior of the nymphalid butterflies, Agiais urticae (L.
Bryant SR, Thomas CD, Bale JS (2002) The influence of thermal ecology on the distribution of three nymphalid butterflies.
But it was as an entomologist that Dixey will be remembered: his first entomological publication was on the phylogenetic significance of wing markings in certain Nymphalid butterflies, and until his death on January 16, in his eightieth year, he was associated with the study of evolutionary entomology at Oxford, so intimately bound up with the name of Poulton" [17].
Of these, the individuals of Nymphalid butterflies were more than those of other families at the flowers throughout the flowering season (Fig.
The nymphalid lesser tortoise-shell, in Danish naeldens takvinge, "nettle tak-wing," nettle thanks-wing, takvinge homonym for "thanks" and "tatters," the tattered wing-edges of the butterfly's body and name.