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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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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:23 am

Arks, #1 is an African Monarch, form transiens.

#2 is a Yellow Pansy.

#3 is a Blue Pansy.
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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:58 pm

Many thanks, JvR :gflower:
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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:47 pm

Can anyone help with an ID for this butterfly? Is it an ant-heap small white? Or perhaps a common dotted border (altho I can't see any border dots)? :hmz:

Seen in my garden in Darling in early October 2016.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:25 pm

The only one I can see that has some resemblance to yours is the Cabbage White but it seems to also have some dark patches on the wings as well, so really not sure? :?

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by Andy M » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:02 pm

Indeed Elsa you are spot on. :thumbs_up:
This is a male Cabbage White. Pieris brassicae, found in parks, gardens and farmlands in Cape Peninsula and vicinity.
Source: Page 342. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa by Steve Woodhall.
The Ant-heap Small White ranges from E Cape (Port St. Johns) to Swaziland, along the KwaZulu-Natal Coast to Maputaland, Mpumalanga and Limpopo lowveld
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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:56 pm

Thanks Elsa and AndyM. I think it's the lack of any spots on the wings that puzzled me as all the pix I've found of cabbage whites have one or two spots on the wings as well as the black wingtips :wall:
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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by Andy M » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:40 pm

Now that you mention the spots on the Cabbage White arks, I went back to the field guide.
The female Cabbage White has two large upper side spots, one below the other in the lower middle forewing.
The male only has underside spots.

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:39 pm

Interesting and thanks for the info Andy! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Butterfly ID needed

Unread post by arks » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:52 pm

Thanks for the additional info Andy :gflower: My butterfly book gives very little detail on the various types of butterflies :whistle:
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