The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Diadem / Mimic butterfly

Afrikaans name: Blouglans

Diadem at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Hypolimnas misippus

The picture shown above illustrates a male Common Diadem. The female is orange and resembles the larger African Monarch.

The Common Diadem is found in the eastern and north-eastern parts of South Africa.

Its preferred habitat is more open grasslands and gardens.

The Common Diadem is also known as the Mimic.

References and further reading

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 601

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 224

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 170

Sasol First Field Guide to Butterflies & Moths of Southern Africa - Author: Simon van Noort - Published: 0 - Page: 19

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 342

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 127

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 167

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 48

Insects of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Clarke H. Scholtz and Erik Holm - Published: 1989 - Page: 166

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 382

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 134

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 88

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 36

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 128

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Published: 2005 - Page: 30

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 52

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 75

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 82

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Published: 1982 - Page: 49


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