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 Post subject: Butterfly: Common Bush Brown
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:26 am 
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Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
Ah... I have one!

Seen at Oribi Gorge. I thought it might be of a very rare variety but I was told by someone that it's just another common one (JvR is innocent... this time :twisted: ).


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 Post subject: Re: Butterfly ID
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:18 am 
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Location: Waar die enigste slang 'n tuinslang is...Joburg
Common Bush Brown / Bosbruintjie / Bicyclus safitza. They are very common on the coast and in forests at least as far as the Soutpansberg and further north.

Just a little piece of interesting (useless) information. They breed on grasses, and the larvae can easily be reared on Kikuyu grass (most lawns) even though Kikuyu is an exotic grass. Put the female in a cramped container, add some grass and wait a day or so. Then raise the larvae in a tub or by placing them on a plant... The adults can be attracted using fermented fruit.

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