De rerum: an acknowlegement and explanation.
INDEX: Linnaean

Monday, August 8, 2016

Acraea horta

The first Garden Acraea of the season.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Precis archesia

A rather handsome Garden Inspector

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Charaxes zoolina

Club-tailed Emperor, two remarkably different seasonal forms. Above the DSF f. neanthes, that was in our garden. Below the WSF, f. zoolina, found by Mandy near the Mozambique border; sipping beer. Both have a single anal tail, making them males.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Belenois zochalia

This butterfly would appear to be quite uncommon. This my one and only record, a lifer! I found it in our garden. The tracery on the underside of the hind wing is delicate. The yellow hind wing and cream fore wing make this a female.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Colotis auxo (male)

This is the male Sulphur Orange Tip. The winter form has paler colours lacks the apical black border.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Colotis auxo

Previously Colotis aurota, this is the Sulphur Orange Tip. At top a female, I think the bottom is also of a female. Some females seem to be bleached to all grey colours.  Incidentally the flower is a Commelina.

Friday, July 17, 2015


I came across this remarkable caterpillar, I don't know its identity. Presumably the appendages on its back act as a deterrent to parasitism by a wasp. Compare it with a previous posting of a Rhanidophora moth.