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Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly

From the family Papilionidae, subfamily Papilioninae and genus Papilio come the Swallowtail butterflies. Papilio is the largest genus in the family and it has species all over the world. Dispite the name, swallowtails are often tailless. The Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly is common throughout South Africa, particularly in wooded areas and gardens. This Citrus Swallowtail was shot at Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly

Steppe Buzzard of Addo Elephant Park

This Bird of Prey picture of a Steppe Buzzard (Buteo Vulpinus) was taken in the Addo Elephant National Park outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Steppe Buzzard has their distribution is in Eastern Europe and Siberia, Southern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly east, central and South Africa. In South Africa they are widespread from the south coast to the Western Cape. Steppe Buzzards are one of the most common raptors of South Africa. This raptor mainly hunts from a perch and searches the ground below for food. Their diet can consist of insects, beetles, small rodents, lizards and grasshoppers. Sometimes even the weaver bird will make a good meal. They live mainly in the open grasslands and woodland areas.
Addo Elephant National Park is the home of the Big 7 which includes the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhinoceros the buffalo and now recently added, the whale and the shark (The Great White Shark).

Steppe Buzzard