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Re: Butterflies

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:10 am

Moira de Swardt wrote:At well over 800 butterfly species in South Africa it is well worth being able to identify them.

Any recommendations as to a good field guide for butterflies?


Moira de Swardt, consider:
Field Guide To Butterflies Of South Africa
Author(s): Steve Woodhall
Publisher: Struik
ISBN: 1868727246
Publication Date: 2005

@ Yolandé Oelsen, I agree with the butterfly ID. Maybe this is the start of yet another interesting passtime for you, Yolandé! :whistle:
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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:50 am

Here's yet another butterfly that I need ID help for. Again seen in my garden in Darling in October 2011.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by AFRICAT » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:20 pm

arks,
The most obvious bfly shown is Junonia hierta, common name "Yellow Pansy". The orange one to the right is very difficult to see the entire underwing, but look at Byblia ilithyia, common name "Common Joker or Spotted Joker" and see what you think. (The vague brown one....can't tell, sorry.)

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:30 pm

WoW, Africat, thanks! :thumbs_up:

I googled a bit and I think that the 'vague brown one' is the female yellow pansy :D
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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by AFRICAT » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:36 pm

Hi arks,
I believe the last one is Colotis eris, commonly known as Banded Gold Tip. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:57 am

Here are three butterflies that I need ID help with, all seen in the Croc Bridge area of Kruger in early April 2016.

Butterly #1
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Butterfly #2
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Butterfly #3
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