The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Layman

Afrikaans name: Ouheks

The Layman butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Amauris albimaculata

The Layman is a large butterfly with females achieving a wingspan of almost 7 cm. Males are slightly smaller at 6 cm.

The Layman may be seen all year round but is more common in summer and autmumn. It has a slow and lazy looking flight.

This butterfly is found along the eastern portions of South Africa through KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

It is found in a variety of habitats including the edges of forests, grassland, parks and gardens.

The gold coloured pupae of the Layman butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - the pupae of the Layman butterfly is gold in colour.

References and further reading

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 90

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 92

African Insect Life - revised edition - Author: S.H. Skaife - Published: 1979 - Page: 251


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