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Butterfly: Garden Commodore

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Bobbi Jane
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Butterfly: Garden Commodore

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:42 am

Yesterday, 30 June 2011 I found this butterfly in my garden - Pretoria east near the Botanical Gardens. It kept on coming back to our paw-paw tree but did not sit on it. I was able to take this photo of a butterfly that I have not seen before. What I would like to know is it a common type for ths area?

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KNP my HOMELAND 4 eva - never left it!
...."rush of the city" damaging my soul!

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:58 am

Hi Bobbi,I'm no expert but according to my books it looks to be a Garden Inspector, also known as a Garden Commodore,Precis archesia.Distribution listed as savanna,grassland and forests from western Cape,knysna area,to eastern Cape,KwaZulu-Natal,Free State,Gauteng,Mpumalanga,Limpopo and NW
provinces.Apparently common in gardens.
Hope this helps and if I'm wrong I'm sure someone will come up with the right answer.

Take care wherever you are.

PF.
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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Bobbi Jane
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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:47 pm

Thanks PF,

Thanks to Google I could ID it indeed as a Precis archesia. The source did not give it's common name.
I see that there are a wet season "dress" and a dry season "dress". They look totally different in the summer months and the winter months! Interesting.

Greetings

Bbi
KNP my HOMELAND 4 eva - never left it!
...."rush of the city" damaging my soul!


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