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Blotched Leopard butterfly

Afrikaans name: Vaalkolluiperd

Blotched Leopard

Photo © Steven Herbert

Lachnoptera ayresii

The Blotched Leopard butterfly occurs in a broad band up the eastern region of South Africa from Port St. Johns to Limpopo province.

They are found in a variety of habitats including forest edges, wetlands and mountainous areas. It is particularly common in forest regions.

Female Blotched Leopards are slightly larger than males and have a wing-span of up to 5.5 cm.

They may be seen all year round but the population peaks at the end of summer into autumn.

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References

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 100

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 989

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