The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Natal Acraea

Afrikaans name: Natal-rooitjie

Natal Acraea butterfly

Natal Acraea butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Acraea natalica

The Natal Acraea is an attractive black and orange butterfly with males having deeper brighter colours than the female.

It is a common butterfly in savanna and lowland forest from the Eastern Cape through KwaZulu-Natal to Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The Natal Acraea can be seen all year but is more common in summer.

Natal Acraea butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 155

Self-guided Trails in Durban - Author: Durban Corporation - Published: 0 - Page: 122

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 246

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 90

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: 92

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 21

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 84

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 120

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 66

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Published: 1982 - Page: 46


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