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Friday, April 6, 2012

Junonia orithya

The Eyed Pansy, the least common of our Pansies, and usually very shy. These two are my only records.
At top a male I found at the Injasuti camp in the Drakensberg, behaving very territorially in a rain water gutter. He didn't seem to mind me getting up close. Injasuti is the Zulu name for this area of the Drakensberg, literally meaning the well satisfied dog: a reference to such an abundance of game, particularly Eland, that even the dogs were well fed.
Below, a female in the KZN-NBG. She has more rounded wings than the male, relatively larger ocelli and a different pattern to the dark basal markings.
See also Junonia the genus.

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