The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Clouded Flat butterfly

Afrikaans name: Skaduwee-dartelaartjie

Two Clouded Flat Clouded Flat butterflies

Photo © Steven Herbert

Tagiades flesus

This butterfly goes by a couple of different names. The current official name is the Clouded Flat but it is also called the louded Skipper or Clouded Forester.

It is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of around 4 to 4.5 cm. Females are bigger than males.

The Clouded Flat is found up the eastern regions of South Africa from the Eastern Cape through KweZulu-Natal.

They are found where there is plenty of vegetation such as coastal forest, riverine forest, woodland and Afromontane forest. In some areas they may be found in parks and gardens if there is sufficient vegetation.

References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 239

Living Butterflies of Southern Africa - Volume 1 - Author: G.A. Henning et al - Published: 1997 - Page: 64

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 240

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 101

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 384

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 362

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 54

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 85


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