Subject: Brown Commodore Butterfly
Location: Marloth Park, South Africa
April 22, 2014 10:58 am
Thank you, Bugman for all you help!
I’m happy to share some photos of recent butterfly findings. This one is the Brown Commodore Butterfly found in Marloth Park, South Africa on April 20, 2014. This and other fabulous insects can be found on my blog at http://www.travelsandtripulations.com/2014/04/21/the-wildlife-of-marloth-park-south-africa/
We tried finding a link online to your Brown Commodore, and we found it listed as a Brown Pansy, Junonia natalica natalica, on Butterfly Valley. It is also called a Brown Pansy on BioDiversity Explorer as well as on ISpot and iGoTerra. The Butterflies of Kruger National Park also calls it a Brown Pansy and we learned it: “prefers the shadows of riparian forest and woodland found along waterways in the KNP.” Common names can be confusing, so we are curious where you found this lovely Nymphalid called a Brown Commodore.
April 22, 2014
Very interesting! Attached is a PDF I found online, and I’ve been using it to name the butterflies I’ve been photographing. That’s where II found the name “Brown Commodore” on page 80. I was unaware of the other resources, but they seem more in-depth. Thanks for passing that along
Given your passion for bugs, I wonder if you’ve ever been to the Monarch Sanctuaries in Mexico (Michoacan). I’m very passionate about the Monarchs and used to volunteer at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz (an overwintering site for Monarchs). We visited Michoacan last year while living in Mexico (there’s a post called Mariposas Monarcas), and it is heavenly. While we were there, we met Lincoln Brower, a leading authority on the Monarchs. He just happened to be doing research while we were there – amazing! He talked to us about the decline of the Monarchs – the usual suspects: deforestation (habitat destruction) due to logging (legal and illegal) and of course, human activity like people spraying their gardens (Roundup and other products by agrochemical companies with Monsanto being the most evil IMO) or pulling milkweed. Monarchs only lay eggs on milkweed (she will die looking for it), so the world needs to know that we need more milkweed. Healthy milkweed. And no more toxic spraying in the gardens. It’s not only killing Monarchs who nectar on other flowers but other insects. They’re all vital!