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Common Wanderer butterfly

Afrikaans name: Swartbont-rooitjie

Common Wanderer

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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.

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References

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

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

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 534

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 569

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