Garden Acraea

Acraea horta

As its name implies, the Garden Acraea is a commonly seen butterfly of South African gardens, though its natural habitat preference is for woodland and forested areas in which their larval food plants of choice (mainly Wild Peach and Passion Flowers) occurs. Seen throughout the year, though more commonly in spring and summer, they fly low and slow, relying on their foul taste to deter predators. Adults have a wingspan of around 5cm, with females being slightly larger than males. Garden Acraeas are found along the southern Cape coast, through the Eastern Cape, Free State, Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng to the North-West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces.

22 thoughts on “Garden Acraea

  1. naturebackin

    Lovely photos of a lovely butterfly. I have not seen many where we are, but this week I saw one acraea-looking caterpillar eating new foliage on the Wild Peach tree, so here’s hoping for a butterfly!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Groot plesier!
      The Acraea-family is quite big, and at first glance many look very similar. But in our experience the Garden Acraea is by far the most common in the places we frequent.

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