Novice Butterfly

Amauris ochlea

The Novice is a foul-tasting butterfly that flies slowly and settles often on flowers and wilting plants. It inhabits forests and dense woodlands and the edges of these. Adults have a wingspan of 7cm and are on the wing throughout the year. In South Africa it is common along the Kwazulu-Natal coast and adjacent interior as well as in the Lowveld and escarpment of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The Deceptive Diadem (Hypolimnas deceptor) mimics the Novice in appearance and thus avoids predators.

24 thoughts on “Novice Butterfly

  1. Anne

    I laugh at the reactions you have had so far – my first thought was to ask if you had tried them on a sandwich. Strange people that we all are! These are very beautiful photographs. I take my hat off to you!

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