African Butterfly Series - FEMALE YELLOW PANSY - Genus Junonia, Pansies

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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Captured Location: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm
Focal Length: 220mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/640 sec – F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

Genus Junonia Pansies

Small brightly colored nymphalines; very similar to Precis but less difference between WSFs and DSFs.
Robust butterflies, with fast, agile flight,; often sit on ground with wings slowly opening and closing.
Fond of flowers. Eggs laid singly on lamiaceae, Acanthaceae and Scrophulariaceae. Bulb-shaped, green to yellow, with 10-16 prominent glassy longitudinal ribs, and (sometimes) 25-40 cross ridges.
Larva dark, sometimes with prominent orange or yellow longitudinal stripes; seven longitudinal rows of branched spines of varying length; head capsule unadorned. Pupa robust, usually with bifid head, two or more rows of dorsal tubercles on abdomen; suspended head down from cremaster

WINGSPAN: Female: 40-45mm Male: 40-50mm

DISTIBUTION: Common, widespread. From W Cape through warmer, moister karoo areas into Grassland and Savanna of Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mapumalanga, Limpopo and NW provinces, and Northern cape.

HABITAT: Parks and gardens, flatlands, hillsides.

FLIGHT PERIOD: Year round in warmer areas, Peaks Oct and Nov, and Feb-May

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