The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Garden Acraea

Afrikaans name: Tuinrooitjie

Garden Acraea

Photo © Steven Herbert

Acraea horta

The Garden Acraea is a butterfly that is found in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Although in some areas they can be found all year round they are most abundant during spring and summer.

Females have a wingspan of just over 5 cm and are a bit bigger than males. The male is reddish in colour while females are a pale brown.

The Garden Acraea lays batches of eggs on their host plant which is most often the Wild Peach.

These butterflies are found in woodlands, parks and gardens.

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 85

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 96

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 346

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

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 563

Sasol First Field Guide to Butterflies & Moths of Southern Africa - Author: Simon van Noort - Published: 0 - Page: 16

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 399

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 152

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 124

Pollinators, Predators and Parasites - Author: C. Scholtz, J. Scholtz, H. De Klerk - Published: 2021 - Page: 293

Pollinators, Predators and Parasites - Author: C. Scholtz, J. Scholtz, H. De Klerk - Published: 2021 - Page: 372

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 36

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 372

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 88

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Published: 1982 - Page: 44

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 114

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Published: 2005 - Page: 28

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 50

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 80

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 20

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 80


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