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Butterfly: Common Dotted Border

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:59 pm

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The Common Dotted Border is a frequent garden visitor in most of the Free State, SA north of the Vaal River and the areas all along our coastline up to the West Coast.
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Common Dotted Border butterfly

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:58 pm

Johan van Rensburg wrote:Twin Dotted Border, Mylothris rueppellii haemus. The dots on the edges of the wings are less prominent in dry-season specimens. Sexes dimorphic. Seen year-round, depending on rain-fall from Little Karoo along the east, including all of Transvaal.
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Re: Twin Dotted Border butterfly

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:58 pm

BushSnake wrote:Hi

The butterfly in the photo is a common dotted border female (Mylothris agathina).


Regarding the Dotted Border... I don't see the error. My example is identical to the example 1C on pg 345 of Butterflies of SA (S Woodhall). Please explain a bit more why you think the ID-call should be Common DB.
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Re: Twin Dotted Border butterfly

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:03 pm

BushSnake wrote:The only dotted border with a completely yellow underside is the female common dotted border. The males have a white area as shown in figure 2C on P345. The specimen of the twin dotted border is a very worn one and possibly a bit misleading, but the underside of both male and female twin dotted border (Mylothris rueppellii) are white.

To get better idea of what they look like, go to the SABCA website, virtual museum, click "enter virtual museum" and select a species (either common dotted border or twin dotted border, or Genus Mylothris). This will show you the records that have been submitted and identified by the panel.


Wow! I am impressed and suitably educated (not nearly enough, though!) :lol: Pity about the example (and description) in Woodhall not carrying across that message clearly. Thanks, BushSnake, I fully understand you point now.

BTW, I hope you will keep an eye on this thread.
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Re: Twin Dotted Border butterfly

Unread post by 3dgreek » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:11 pm

I only have the coomon dotted in my book so I can't offer anything
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Butterfly: Common Dotted Border

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:51 am

Common Dotted Border - Mylothris agathina agathina
Seen at Nylsvley Nature Reserve, December 2009

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