African Migrant

Catopsilia florella

The African Migrant is one of the most widespread butterflies occurring in South Africa and can be found in every corner of the country in an extensive variety of habitats, reaching their highest densities in savanna areas. Adults are on the wing throughout the year. This species is well known for its migrating behaviour which reaches a peak in the late summer months, heading in their numbers in a north-easterly direction at a steady pace, stopping only occasionally to feed or lay eggs. Their larvae subsist on a variety of plants from the genera Cassia and Senna. Adults have a wingspan of 6cm.

22 thoughts on “African Migrant

        1. de Wets Wild Post author

          You won’t be sorry that you did, Carol. I have the e-book version of the full guide on my laptop and the pocket guide in my knapsack. Quick and easy to get to at least the right family out in the veld and then check every little feature from my photos against the full guide back at camp or home.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Through the various forms and colour phases identifying the males from the females in this species can be tricky – some of these pictures had me scratching my head as the colour looked “male” but it was laying eggs! That’s where a good guidebook distinguishes itself from the less good…

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  1. BETH

    I have worried that so many sweet little creatures are not going to survive if we can’t control the Monsanto groups. Some bees are returning, but then there is the Murder Wasp.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      We really have to be careful with our constant meddling in the natural order, shouldn’t we Beth? A point will come where the balance is tipped just too far and everything comes crashing down.

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        1. de Wets Wild Post author

          Ek dink dit is wonderlik dat jy nog aanhou om dieselfde naam te gebruik! Mense kyk my soms maar skeef aan oor ek praat van n “draadloos” i.p.v n radio, maar dis maar omdat ek so by my ouers geleer het.

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          1. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

            Nou praat jy. Noudat ek my verlede neerskryf is daar baie interessant woorde waarvan my seun gladnie weet nie. Lag so hier in my mou met tye vir hom as hy kliek wat die woord beteken. Hy sal dan bv vir sy vrou sê ooo dit kom van daardie woord af! Draadloos is n goeie woord vir wat dit eintlik is- sonder drade!

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