Uncommon butterfly record

Peter Tyldesly from Bonza Bay (East London) donated a good butterfly specimen to the museum – a White-barred charaxes (Charaxes brutus natalensis). Not commonly seen, though previously recorded this species has been noted to be expanding into suburban gardens (mostly seen in forests). It has been introduced to the Cape Peninsula and has spread eastwards as far as Somerset-West. There are huge gaps in its distribution along the coast with no records between Somerset-West and George, from where its spreads into the eastern and north-eastern parts of SA.

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Photo: Kevin Cole

 

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