Butterflies

I am finding photographing and identifying butterflies to be rather challenging. But is is also a fascinating hobby and adds another element to my enjoyment of nature. My butterfly list at the end of 2020 stands at 39.  Let’s hope I can add a few more in 2021!

African Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)African Monarch

African Monarch

Black-haired Bush Brown (Bicyclus safitza safitza)Black-haired Bush Brown
Garden Acraea (Acraea horta)Garden Acraea

Garden Acraea

Window Acraea (Acraea oncaea)
MaleWidow Acraea
Marsh Telchinia (Telchinia rahira rahira)Marsh Telchinia
African Leopard (Phalanta phalantha aethiopica)African Leopard
Spotted Sailer (Neptis saclava marpessa)Spotted Sailer
Guineafowl (Hamanumida daedalus)Guineafowl
Spotted Joker (Byblia ilithya)Spotted Joker
Common Diadem (Hypolimnas misippus)Common Diadem
Pirate (Catacroptera cloanthe cloanthe)Pirate
Darker Commodore (Precis antilope)Darker Commodore
Garden Inspector (Precis archesia archesia)
FemaleGarden Commodore
MaleGarden Commodore
Soldier Pansy (Junonia terea elgiva)Soldier Pansy
Brown Pansy (Junonia natalica natalica)Brown Pansy
Yellow Pansy (Junonia hierta cebrene)Yellow Pansy
Dark Blue Pansy (Junonia oenone oenone)Dark Blue Pansy
African Blue Pansy (Junonia crithya madagascariensis)African Blue Pansy
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)Butterfly
Eastern Scarlet (Axiocerces tjoane tjoane)
FemaleCommon Scarlet
Bush Scarlet (Axiocerces amanga amanga)
MaleBush Scarlet
Veined Russet (Aloeides pierus)Veined Russet
Steel-blue Cilate Blue (Anthene definita definita)Steel blue Cilate Blue
Black-striped Cilate Blue (Anthene amarah amarah)Black striped Cilate Blue
Mocker Bronze (Cacyreus virilis)Mocker Bronze
Common Geranium Bronze (Cacgreus marshalli) Geranium BronzeGeranium Bronze
Blue sp (Leptotes sp)

There are 3 Leptotes species that cannot be distinguished without studying them under a microscope. I have found a couple of these that will remain un-identified.ButterflyLeptotes sp

Pea Blue (Lampides boeticus)Pea Blue
Dotted Pierrot (Tarucus sybaris)Dotted Pierrot
Patrician Giant Cupid (Lepidochrysops patricia)Patrician Giant Cupid
Cupreous Ash Blue (Eichochrysops messapus)

Cupreous Ash Blue Cupreous Ash Blue

Rayed Blue (Actizera lucida)

Rayed Blue  Rayed Blue

African Grass Blue (Zizeeria knysna)African Grass Blue
Zebra White (Pinacopteryx eriphia eriphia)Zebra White
Bushveld Purple Tip (Colotis ione)

Bushveld Purple Tip    Bushveld Purple Tip

Scarlet Tip (Colotis annae annae)

Scarlet Tip    Scarlet Tip

African Orange Tip (Colotis evinina evinina)African Orange Tip
Bushveld Orange Tip (Colotis pallene)

Bushveld Orange Tip    Bushveld Orange Tip

Banded Gold Tip (Teracolus eris eris)
MaleBanded Gold Tip
FemaleBanded Gold Tip
Lemon Traveller (Teracolus subfasciatus)Lemon Traveller
Pioneer Caper White (Belenois aurota)African Veined WhiteAfrican Brown White    African Brown White
African Caper White (Belenois creona severina)African Caper White
African Veined White (Belenois gidica abyssinica)

African Veined White   African Veined White

African Ant-heap White (Dixera charina charina)African Small White
Southern Meadow White (Pontia helice helice)Southern Meadow White
Twin Dotted Border (Mylothris rueppelli naemus)

Twin Dotted Border    Twin Dotted Border

Eastern Dotted Border (Mylothris agathina agathina)

Eastern Dotted Border   Eastern Dotted Border

African Migrant (Catopsilia florella)African Migrant African Migrant   African Migrant
 
Lowveld Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe solifera)Lowveld Grass Yellow
Broad-bordered Grass Yellow (Euramia brigitta brigitta)Broad bordered Grass Yellow
Citrus Swallowtail (Papilio demodocus demodocus)Citrus Swallowtail
Mocker Swallowtail (Papilio dardanus cenea)Mocker Swallowtail
Narrow Green-banded Swallowtail (Papilio nireus lyaeus)Green_banded Swallowtail
Large Striped Swordtail (Graphium antheus)Large Striped Swordtail
Striped Policeman (Coeliades forestan forestan)Striped Policeman
Spialia sp.Spialia sp
Brown Dodger (Afrogenenus letterstedti)
Common Hottentot Skipper

 

Moths

Death’s-head Hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos)Deaths Head Hawk moth
Acanthovalva inconspicuariaAcanthovalva inconspicuaria
Cyligramma LatanaCyligramma Latana
Crimson Speckled Footman (Utetheisa pulchella)Utetheisa pulchella
Amata AliciaAmata Alicia
Balsam Striped Hawk Moth (Hippotion balsaminae)Balsam Striped Hawk Moth
Eublemma anachoresisEublemma anachoresis
Mocis proveraiMocis proverai
Thysanoplusia orichalceaThysanoplusia orichalcea
Triangle Moth (Trigonodes hyppasia) Trigonodes hyppasia Triangle Moth
Common Bagworm Moth Larvae Case (Eumeta cervina)Common Bagworm Moth Larvae Case
Variegated Pearl (Synclera traducalis)Variegated Pearl
Dotted Sable (Bocchoris inspersalis)Dotted Sable

 

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