The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Butterflies of Southern Africa

Cover of Butterflies of Southern Africa

Author: Hugo Germishuys

Number of pages: 87

Year published: 1982

Edition: 1st

Published by: Chris van Rensburg Publications (Pty) Ltd


ISBN: 0 908393 97 0

The Wildebeest's Review of "Butterflies of Southern Africa" by Germishuys

The Wildebeest reviewing a book

The author of “Butterflies of Southern Africa” describes these beautiful creatures as “the perfect insect.” That’s an interesting comment and, whether you agree with it or not, you must admit that the world is a prettier place because of their existence.

This 87-page book makes a good place for any nature lover to start getting to know and identify some of the commoner butterflies. Only 42 species are included meaning it is not very comprehensive, but the species accounts are good, and the colour photographs are fantastic.

I believe that it is always good to have multiple books on a subject so, even if you have a more comprehensive guide these “perfect insects”, you will find that it is useful to refer to this book to add extra information when trying to identify one of southern Africa’s butterflies.

Some of the subjects in this publication

Citrus Swallowtail - Page: 29
Narrow Green-banded Swallowtail - Page: 29
Large Striped Swordtail - Page: 30
Common Evening Brown - Page: 31
Cape Autumn Widow - Page: 31
Ringlet - Page: 32
Dark-webbed Ringlet - Page: 32
Silver-bottom Brown - Page: 41
Garden Acraea - Page: 44
African Plain Tiger - Page: 44
Small Orange Acraea - Page: 45
Black-tipped Acraea - Page: 45
Black-based Acraea - Page: 46
Broad-bordered Acraea - Page: 46
Guineafowl - Page: 48
Spotted Joker - Page: 48
Common Diadem - Page: 49
Yellow Pansy - Page: 50
African Blue Pansy - Page: 50
Painted Lady - Page: 51
Southern Gaudy Commodore - Page: 51
Pearl Charaxes - Page: 52
Foxy Charaxes - Page: 61
African Leopard - Page: 61
Apricot Playboy - Page: 64
Black-striped Ciliate Blue - Page: 65
Pale Babul Blue - Page: 65
Common Geranium Bronze - Page: 66
Two-pip Policeman - Page: 66
Common Hottentot Skipper - Page: 67
Zebra White - Page: 69
African Clouded Yellow - Page: 70
African Migrant - Page: 70
Lowveld Grass Yellow - Page: 71
Southern Veined Arab - Page: 71
Sulphur Orange Tip - Page: 72
Bushveld Purple Tip - Page: 72
Pioneer Caper White - Page: 77
Small Orange Tip - Page: 77
Southern Meadow White - Page: 78
Twin Dotted Border - Page: 78


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