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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Ouheks

The Layman butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Amauris albimaculata

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.

The gold coloured pupae of the Layman butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - the pupae of the Layman butterfly is gold in colour.


References and further reading

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 58

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 18

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 38

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 88

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 146

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 521

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