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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Dusky Acraea

Afrikaans name: Kafferbok-rooitjie

Dusky Acraea

Dusky Acraea butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Hyalites esebria

The male Dusky Acraea is slightly bigger than the female. Males have a wingspan of around 5 cm while females are around 5.5 cm.

The colouring of this butterfly is variable with the patches being anything from a pale yellow to more orange.

The Dusky Acraea can be seen on the wing all year round, but it is most common between December and April.

It occurs in the eastern portions of the country and its preferred habitats are woodland and forest fringes.


References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 119

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 64

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 21

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 98

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 38

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 155

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 124

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 548

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