Vagrans egistina Quoy & Gaimard, 1824

Marianas wandering butterfly, Marianas rusty



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Issoria egistina Quoy & Gaimard, 1824


Conservation Status

Last record: 1995



Guam and Rota islands, Marianas Islands


Biology & Ecology







For a photograph of this species see:

For a coloured plate see:



Original scientific description:

Cramer, Pierre. (1780). Uitlandsche Kapellen (Papillons exotiques). Uitl. Kapellen 3(23-24): 129-176, pl. 265-288.


Other references:

Rubinoff, Daniel and Holland, Brenden. (2018). The Conservation Status of Two Endangered Mariana Butterflies, Hypolimnas octocula marianensis and Vagrans egistina (Nymphalidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 72(3): 218-226.

Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 72(3): 218-226. [Abstract]

Schreiner, I. H. and Nafus, D. M. (1997). Butterflies of Micronesia. Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Guam, Mangilao, GU.

Swezey, O. H. 1942. Lepidoptera. Butterflies of Guam: in Insects of Guam. Vol. I. Bernice P. Bishop Museum. Bulletin 172. [p. 35]

Schreiner, I. H. & D. M. Nafus. 1996. Survey of rare butterflies in the Mariana Islands. Preliminary report to USFWS. Unpublished report. 10 pp.


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