Family, NYMPHALIDAE NYMPHALINAE
LOCATION CAPTURED: GROENLAND GAME LODGE, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, SOUTH AFRICA
BLUE PANSY – Junonia oenone oenone
WINGSPAN: Male 40-50mm Female 48-52mm
IDENTIFICATION: male upperside. Sexes similar, female with submarginal red ocelli on hind wing.
Female establishes territories on hill tops and ridges, sitting on the ground or low vegetation, darting off to chase intruders, flying fast, sometimes soaring in aerial dogfights with large butterflies such as Charaxes. Female sedentary near flowers and the food plants. Frequent garden visitor, often found feeding on flowers.
DISTRIBUTION: Common, not as widepread as Yellow pansy. Savannas, woodland from E. Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Nw Provinces, Gauteng, Free State and N Cape.
HABITAT: Forest edges, parks and gardens, hill tops, coast.
FLIGHT PERIOD: Year-round in warmer areas, peaks Oct and Nov, and Feb- May.
LARVAL FOOD: Adhatoda densiflora, Asystasia gagetica and Mackaya bella.