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Butterfly: GOLD BANDED FORRESTER

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Butterfly: GOLD BANDED FORRESTER

Unread postby naomi c » Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:58 pm

This butterfly really is spectacularly beautiful.
They occur in the dense bush of the coastal forests of Zululand, occasionally settling in patches of sunlight to sun itself.
It is essentially a shade loving species and seldom ventures out into the open. If it does, it is extremely wary and always keeps a metre of two ahead of the stalking photographer by giving a few flaps of its wings and simply gliding away.
The sexes have a similar appearance although the females are considerably larger than the males.
Larval host plants:Deinbollia (soap-berry bushes)

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Re: BUTTERFLY: GOLD BANDED FORRESTER

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:14 pm

A work of art .... 8)
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Re: BUTTERFLY: GOLD BANDED FORRESTER

Unread postby merops » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:37 pm

Thank you for the beautiful picture Naomi, it is like a flying jewel.

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Re: BUTTERFLY: GOLD BANDED FORRESTER

Unread postby BushSnake » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:53 pm

Nice one! If that specimen was any fresher...it would still have been a pupa!

BTW - that is a male. The females are similar but seldom have such a bright colouration and their wingshape is slightly different.
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