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Novice butterfly

Afrikaans name: Outannie

Novice

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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.

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