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 Post subject: Butterfly: Natal acraea
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:52 am 
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Acraea natalica
Natal acraea (Eng) Natal-rooitjie (Afr)
(seen in Mapungubwe)

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Just for those interested the flower is Acrotome inflata (very close to Leucas and often confused with Leucas martinicensis. But in Leucas the upper lip of the flower is usually longer than the lower lip and the stamens are protruding from the corolla tube) :wink:
You can see an example of L. martinicensis on the Topaz babul blue photo...

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 Post subject: Help indentify Butterflies
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Hi, SO took these pictures in KNP, earlier this week. We've been through all the butterflies on this site and can't seem to match any to this one:

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 Post subject: Re: Help indentify Butterflies
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Scorpion wrote:
Hi, SO took these pictures in KNP, earlier this week. We've been through all the butterflies on this site and can't seem to match any to this one...


Try matching it to this one

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 Post subject: Re: Help indentify Butterflies
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Yes, it is a Natal Acraea (Acraea natalica). They can vary quite a bit so don't be fooled by bright colours and single spots, etc. The upperside is normally better for identification when it comes to this group (the Acraeas).

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 Post subject: Re: Help indentify Butterflies
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Thanks for helping me to identify these beautiful creatures JvR.

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