Depicta Copper – Aloeides depicta

The Depicta CopperAloeides depicta is pretty small butterfly ranging from 26mm to 29mm in the males and 29mm to 35mm in the females. Depicta is a relatively variable butterfly, colour-wise. The upperside being a ground colour orange with a wide grey-black border.  The hind wing underside is sandy to buff-brown, occasionally reddish.
The distribution of  this Aloeides is fynbos, Nama Karoo along mountain chains from Matjiesfontein to Gydo Mountain and also Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth. It’s habitats include hillsides and rocky ledges. It’s flight period is in the warmer months of the year being September to June. The Depicta Copper’s larval food is  Aspalathus. Aspalathus is the genus to which the rooibos tea plant belongs, is the largest member of the pea family endemic to South Africa.
These pictures were taken in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Depicta copper - Aloeides depicta

Another Shot of a different Depicta copper:

Depicta copper - Aloeides depicta

Most of this information was supplied from Steve Woodhalls book “Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa


  1. Kerri

    Awesome captures!

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Thank you so much Kerri.

  2. ljiljanarisovic

    Excellent photo! Unique because it is a kind of endemic of South Africa !! I did not know this fact ! O Yes ! Do “public “on G+ !! It’s much better ((((-

    Have great summer time !
    In My part of the world harsh winter is coming….. Liliana

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Thanks Liliana. Appreciate the comment – Hope the winter is not too cold.

  3. ljiljanarisovic

    Wow! Looks so angry on the profile for the comments! Banana is better I think! We shall see!

  4. ljiljanarisovic

    What fruits to choose to show SMILE *)

  5. Firefly

    I wish I could get as close to insects as this. You photos are always amazing.

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Many thanks Jonker for those kind words. Yours are also great – just never get to your website for some unknown reason!

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