Amauris ochlea ochlea
The Novice butterfly may be seen at any time of the year but is most abunant in April and May.
Males have a wingspan of just below 6 cm and females are slightly larger with a wingspan of up to 6.5 cm. Although male and female have similar colours the female may be identified by her having a brownish-black colouration instead of black. The male has a brownish scent-patch on its hind wing.
The Novice has a narrow distribution along the coastal regions of KwaZulu-Natal.
This species has a tendency to damage its wings - presumably as it flies through vegetation.