Natal Acraea Butterfly

Acraea natalica

The striking Natal Acraea is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of between 5 and 7cm. In South Africa it occurs commonly through all our northern and eastern provinces, where it is found in forest and savanna habitats. Like most others in the genus the Natal Acraea flies slowly and settles often on flowers, its seemingly lackadaisical attitude being a clue to the fact that it is foul tasting and avoided by predators.

28 thoughts on “Natal Acraea Butterfly

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Actually many of our Acraeas have these semi- to fully translucent “windows” at the tips of their forewings, Brian, and often these are key identifying features, so I don’t think it is through a loss of scaling.

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