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 readingWhats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 563
Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 157
Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 34
Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 98
Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 92
Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 126
Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 80
Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 21
Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 50