Sunday, May 4, 2014
Another butterfly from further afield, the Soldier Pansy (or Soldier Commodore). I found this butterfly while on a visit to the Kruger National Park. It was at the side of the Sabie river at Hazyview just outside the Park. It must be quite common there. Its distribution is too far north to be a Pietermaritzburg butterfly, so is my only record taken in 2004, the early days of digital photography.
Interestingly, although almost a look alike to some Precis (P. archesia WSF,) and particularly to P. Tugela.) it is only distantly related to them, and in fact is one of the Pansies (Junonia). See the post Junonia the genus). Perhaps the prominent eye spots on the hindwing are the giveaway.