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Butterfly: Admiral: Long-tailed

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:34 am

Long-tailed Admiral

Genus: Antanartia - "admirals"
Antanartia schaenia schaenia

* Antanartia admirals have short tails. The male defends his territory along forest edges and paths, sitting on wet mud or on vegetation no more than 1cm above the ground, darting off to challenge any intruders with a rapid, whirring flight.
* The female is less attractive,and seldom seen except near the food plants.
* They are strongly attracted to fermenting fruit and plant juices.
* Eggs laid singly - onion to barrel shaped green eggs.

Male: 40 - 48 mm, Female: 45 - 50 mm. Sexes similar, but their tails are longer than normal for the Antanartia species with a stronger flight.
Both sexes very wary and difficult to approach.

Distribution: Afromontane forest form E Cape, Port St Johns along the escarpment to KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province.
Flight period: Year round with a peak from January to June.


This photo was taken in January 2010 at Benvie Gardens, Karkloof, KZN Midlands.
It is of the Male upperside.
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