The Common Hottentot Skipper is from the family Hesperiidae and sub-family Hesperiinae. This skipper is also know as Gegenes niso niso. They are relatively small butterflies with the male being about 29-33mm and the female 29-35mm – not much bigger. Hottentot Skipper’s are very c0mmon and widespread through South Africa. Their habitats are forest areas, wetlands, flatlands, hill tops, parks, gardens, mountains and along the coast. They fly all year round in the warmer areas, but will peak around the October – March time. Their larval food is Pennisetum claudestinum (kikuyu grass) , Ehrharta (Common names for this genus include veldtgras) and Cynodon (commonly known as Bermuda Grass or Dog’s Tooth Grass). Most of this information was supplied from Steve Woodhalls book “Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa“
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The Common Dotted Border Butterfly or Mylothris Agathina Agathina can be found in most of South Africa. It is a butterfly of the Pieridae family It is common along the coastal forests and in wooded country areas. Its habitats are forest edges, parks, gardens, flatlands, coasts and hillsides. The wingspan is 50 to 60 millimetres for males and 52 to 65 mm for females. The adults are on wing year round, with peaks in October and from late February to April. This particular specimen was photoed at Assegaaibosch Country Lodge in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Bush brown butterflies are part of the genus Bicyclus. These are dull brown butterflies with the underside having numerous large and small eye spots. The are fond of fermenting fruit and favor shady areas. The typical wingspan for this butterfly is around 35-45mm depending on gender. They live in forests and flatlands and are well camouflaged when sitting on dead leaves. This butterfly’s picture was take at Assegaaibosch Country Lodge
The Brown Veined White – Belenois aurota male is very common to South Africa and tends to live on hillsides, in parks, gardens, edges of forests and pretty much everywhere else.
And another from my good friend Steve Woodhall