The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Wanderer butterfly

Afrikaans name: Swartbont-rooitjie

Common Wanderer

Photo © Steven Herbert

Bematistes aganice aganice

The Common Wanderer is found from South Africa through to Ethiopia and Sudan. There are 6 sub-species of this butterfly - in South Africa we find Bematistes aganice aganice.

In South Africa it is found along the eastern regions of the country from East London to southern Kruger National Park.

It is a large butterfly with females having a wingspan of up to 7.5 cm. Males are smaller with a wingspan of around 6 cm.

The Common Wanderer may be seen at any time of the year but it is most common in summer.

They tend to be found in wetter forests.

References and further reading

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 61

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 534

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 569

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 151

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 89

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 88

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 80

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 113

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