The Layman is a large butterfly with females achieving a wingspan of almost 7 cm. Males are slightly smaller at 6 cm.
The Layman may be seen all year round but is more common in summer and autmumn. It has a slow and lazy looking flight.
This butterfly is found along the eastern portions of South Africa through KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
It is found in a variety of habitats including the edges of forests, grassland, parks and gardens.
Photo © Steven Herbert
Above - the pupae of the Layman butterfly is gold in colour.