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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Clouded Flat butterfly

Afrikaans name: Skaduwee-dartelaartjie

Two Clouded Flat Clouded Flat butterflies

Photo © Steven Herbert

Tagiades flesus

This butterfly goes by a couple of different names. The current official name is the Clouded Flat but it is also called the louded Skipper or Clouded Forester.

It is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of around 4 to 4.5 cm. Females are bigger than males.

The Clouded Flat is found up the eastern regions of South Africa from the Eastern Cape through KweZulu-Natal.

They are found where there is plenty of vegetation such as coastal forest, riverine forest, woodland and Afromontane forest. In some areas they may be found in parks and gardens if there is sufficient vegetation.

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 239

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 85

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 54

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 362

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 101

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 240

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