Insects - Butterflies
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Gold spotted Sylph (Metisella metis metis) sun bathing. wing span about 30mm.
White barred Charaxes (Charaxes brutus) feeding on a sap flow on a tree branch. Larvae feed on mahogany and other plants. It is a very strong flyer with a wingspan range of 65 - 75 mm.
Diadem (Hypolimnas misippus) This is a mimic of the African Monarch butterfly, from this photo one would not suspect so. See the photo below.
Diadem (Hypolimnas misippus) This is a much closer resemblence to the African Monarch butterfly, see below. The larvae feed on Asystasia, Portulaca, and Talinum.
Nightfighter (Moltena fiara) Has a large
Common Dotted Border (Mylothris agathina)
Monarch (Danaus chrrysippus) Feed
A sequence of African Monarch photos.
The butterfly has found a milkweed plant in flower and is feeding on the nectar.
This one is displaying for a mate.
....and they have found each other.
....having a rest.
Then a single egg is laid at a time.
of the egg comes a small catapillar, they seem to live on
It started chomping and chomping
and has grown
one is about 12 - 14 days and has a voracious appetite.
This is a seed pod of the milkweed which disperses its seed in the wind.
This is what is left of a plant after 2 weeks. Then it is time to pupate.
hours the catapillar has formed this cocoon
green coloured one attached to a plant leaf.
11 days later there is activity in the
pupae The butterfly emerging
from the casing.
how the wings are still folded and
The atenae are begining to move about, the tongues
wing veins being pumped with blood so they
Yellow Pansy (Precis hierto) sitting on the ground.
Rainforest brown (Cassionympha cassius) Wingspan 40 mm in coastal bush.
Cape Autumn Widow (Dira clytus) Adults fly slowly just above the grass. This is the under side of the wings. Top side is a dark brown.
Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
Lady (Vanessa cardui) sitting on
Garden Acraea Butterfly (Acraea horta)
Orange - red with black
Garden Acraea Butterfly larvae (Acraea horta).
Fynbos Blue Butterfly (Tarucus thespis) Males mauve blue. Both sexes have a black and white fringed hair margin on the outer edge of the wings. Low slow flyers.
Common Pea Blue (Leptotes pirithous) Wingspan about 25mm. Larvae feed on Plumbago, Cape Honeysuckle, Keurboom and other species. Larvae have a honey gland and are sometimes seen with ants in attendance.
Common Pea Blue (Leptotes pirithous) Pair mating.
Topaz Blue (Azanus jesous) Male.
Common Hottentot Skipper (Gegenes niso)
flies rapidly landing
Cabbage White (Pieris brassicae ) has adapted to gardens and natural areas in recent years.
Citrus Swallowtail (Princeps demodocus demodocus) gliding past a flower.
Citrus Swallowtail (Princeps demodocus demodocus) about to land on a flower.
Citrus Swallowtail (Princeps demodocus demodocus) pupae casing, the wing markings have left colouring on the inside of the case. See the silk threads holding it to the wall.
Citrus Swallowtail (Princeps demodocus demodocus) newly emerged butterfly wings still unfolding. The pupae case is fastened to the wall with silk threads to the right of the butterfly.
Citrus Swallowtail (Princeps demodocus demodocus)
Citrus Swallowtail (Princeps demodocus demodocus) egg on a leaf (left) and a catipillar leaving its caprice on the right. It will develop into the catipillar similar to the one seen below.
Citrus Swallowtail (Princeps demodocus demodocus) catapillar
Citrus Swallowtail butterflies (Princeps demodocus demodocus) Caterpillar is known as an 'orange dog'.
Is this whats called "flying a little ragged"?