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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Spotted Buff butterfly

Afrikaans name: Spikkel-geelvlerkie

Spotted Buff

Photo © Steven Herbert

Pentila tropicalis

The Spotted Buff is a small, but striking, butterfly that is found along the coastal regions of KwaZulu-Natal.

These butterflies tend to fly higher during the heat of the day and lower in the mornings and late afternoons.

The male Spotted Buffs have a wingspan of around 3 cm. The females have a wingspan of around 3.5 to 4 cm.

They can be seen during summer into early autumn.

Their preferred habitats are forest edges and well-planted parks and gardens.

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 160

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 38

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 142

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 175

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