Junonia oenone oenone
The Blue Pansy is an attractive butterfly that reaches a wingspan of around 5 cm. The male and female have similar colouration but females are slightly bigger. In contrast to the beautiful colours on the top of the wings the underside is predominantly brown.
The Blue Pansy is only found in Africa which includes the islands off the coast of Africa. Over much of its range it is referred to as the Dark Blue Pansy as there is a species of butterfly found in Africa which is called the Blue Pansy.
This is a common butterfly in parks, gardens, along forest hedges and hilltops. The male Blue Pansy spends a lot of time chasing other butterflies that enter its space.
Photo © Steven Herbert