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Afrikaans name: Tarentaaltjie

The upperwing of the Guineafowl showing its spots

Photo © Steven Herbert

Hamanumida daedalus

If you are thinking that a Guineafowl is a large bird looking like a spotted chicken then you need to know that there is this butterfly that goes by the same name, and the spots give you a clue as to why.

The wingspan of this butterfly is around 6 cm.

The upperside of the wings is brownish with lots of white spots and other markings. The underside is more orange.

The Guinea Fowl is quite easy to observe as it rests on the ground for long periods with its wings open.

It is found in savanna and thornveld.


References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 48

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 97

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 79

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 24

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 118

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 398

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 685

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