The Solider Commodore is also known as the Soldier Pansy. Males have a wingspan of just over 50 mm and are slightly smaller than females who may have a wingspan of up to 60 mm.
The Soldier Commodore is found across a large portion of Africa. It occurs from Senegal to southern Sudan and Ethiopia and south to the northern parts of South Africa.
This species may be found in clearings and along forest edges up to an altitude of around 1200m. They can often be seen sunning themselves in damp areas.