The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Spotted Joker butterfly

Afrikaans name:

Spotted Joker

Spotted Joker

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The Spotted Joker butterfly is found over sections of Africa as well as India and Sri Lanka. In South Africa it is found in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and parts of the Northern Cape.

These butterflies have a wingspan of around 4 cm with females being slightly larger than males. Male and females have similar colours but the female is less colourful.

Spotted Joker's are normally found in flatland areas.

They are on the wing throughout the year.

References and further reading

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 384

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 858

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 132

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 126

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 77

African Insect Life - revised edition - Author: S.H. Skaife - Published: 1979 - Page: 233

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Published: 1982 - Page: 48

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 86


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