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Butterfly from SA
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 11:56 PM
Butterfly from SA
This butterfly was found in February 2009 on a walking trail in Kokoriba Nature Reserve 120km west of Pretoria between the towns of Brits and Thabazimbi.
Meerkat
North West Province, South Africa

South African Butterfly

Yellow Pansy, Junonia hierta

Dear Meerkat,
We are uncertain of the species, but we believe this is a Brush Footed Butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Perhaps one of our readers can assist with the identification.

Update: November 22, 2010
Because of a comment we received today, we realized we never posted any additional research on this Yellow Pansy,
Junonia hierta.  The comment sent today from froggy indicates that this species should not be in South Africa.  We located this Flickr page called Fieldguide to the Butterflies of Africa and it contains numerous images sent to Flickr of this species, including this image from Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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4 Responses to Yellow Pansy from South Africa

  1. Tamixes says:

    Hi Meerkat

    This is a very common butterfly which goes by the name of a ‘[b]Yellow Pansy[/b]’ [i]Junonia hierta[/i]

    Males often found ‘mud puddling’ around fresh herbivore dung. Females favour flowers.

  2. froggy says:

    I have been surfing the web for 2 days and have found no information about this butterfly from South Africa. It is not recorded in any of the popular South African butterfly books. It appears it is a butterfly from India. I would love to know how it managed to transport itself to our borders. I found my Yellow Pansy Butterfly whilst fishing at the Sabie River, in Sabie Mpumalanga.

  3. froggy says:

    I would like to put the 2 photographs of the Yellow Pansy butterfly I found in sabie onto this site. Could some assist me in doing so.

    • bugman says:

      Hi froggy,
      Return to the What’s That Bug homepage and select “Ask WTB?” and submit your question with the images. Please include as much information as possible, including the information you included as a comment on this posting.

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