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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Blotched Leopard butterfly

Afrikaans name: Vaalkolluiperd

Blotched Leopard

Photo © Steven Herbert

Lachnoptera ayresii

The Blotched Leopard butterfly occurs in a broad band up the eastern region of South Africa from Port St. Johns to Limpopo province.

They are found in a variety of habitats including forest edges, wetlands and mountainous areas. It is particularly common in forest regions.

Female Blotched Leopards are slightly larger than males and have a wing-span of up to 5.5 cm.

They may be seen all year round but the population peaks at the end of summer into autumn.

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 67

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 71

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 100

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 174

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 989

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