Vine-leaf Vagrant Butterfly

Eronia cleodora

The Vine-leaf Vagrant is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of around 6cm (males are usually a bit smaller than the females). They fly fast and wandering, often settling quickly on flowers as they go. These beautiful butterflies may be seen year-round, though their numbers usually peak in spring and late summer. Their larvae feed on the leaves of the caper-bushes (Capparis).

In South Africa the Vine-leaf Vagrant is found in forests and moist savannas from the Eastern Cape coast, through Kwazulu-Natal and into the Lowveld and escarpment of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

23 thoughts on “Vine-leaf Vagrant Butterfly

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Die Afrikaanse name vir baie van ons skoenlappers is amper net so mooi as die skoenlapper self. In hierdie geval maar net n direkte oorvertaling uit Engels, en nogtans klink dit soos iets uit n gedig!

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  1. Anne

    Much more than this pretty butterfly, the Bauhinia galpinii (Pride-of-de-Kaap / Vlam-van-die-vlakte) it is sitting on took me ‘home’ to the De Kaap Valley which is part of my childhood stomping ground! What a pleasant surprise for me πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      The inside of the wings are black-and-white, and the outside has the yellow, black and white. Really is to great effect both when the butterfly is fluttering around and when it is sitting still (which they only seem to do for a fraction of a second), for at a quick glance it seems quite like a falling leaf.

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