The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Toordokter

The Chief butterfly

Chief butterfly

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Amauris echeria echeria

The Chief is a large butterfly with females, who are larger than males, reaching a wingspan of 7 cm. It is quite similar to the Layman butterfly (Amauris albimaculata albimaculata) but that species has white patches and spots on the upperside of its forewings but the Chief has buff patches and spots.

The Chief may be seen all year round although it is more common in summer and autumn.

This butterfly prefers forests edges but may also be seen in grasslands, parks and gardens.

It is found along the coast from George, through KwaZulu-Natal to Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

References and further reading

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

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 526

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 38

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 46

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Published: 2005 - Page: 20

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 58

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 152


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