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Butterfly: Variable Diadem

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Butterfly: Variable Diadem

Unread post by Imax » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:39 pm

These butterflies were quite numerous along the forest edges of both the inland and coastal dunes.

Any idea what it is?


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Re: Butterflies

Unread post by DotDan » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:42 am

I am taking a guess here but I am thinking that could be a Common Diadem.

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Re: Butterflies

Unread post by BushSnake » Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:28 pm

Close, but it is actually a male variable diadem / verneukertjie / Hypolimnas anthedon and they can be quite common in coastal forest. They breed on most stinging nettles (family Urticacea) which makes rearing their larvae more challenging and quite painful :wink:
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