Blood-red Acraea butterfly
Afrikaans name: Bloed-rooitjie
The Blood-red Acraea is only found in KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique.
They occur in areas of coastal forest, particularly along the forest edge. They may also be found in parks and gardens.
The Blood-red Acraea is a medium sized butterfly with both male and female having a wingspan of around 5 cm. Females may be slightly larger than males.
Males have red wings while the females are more brownish-red with white patches.
They may be seen all-year round but the population peaks in summer.
References and further readingButterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 126
Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 21
Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 92
Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 34
Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 157
What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 563