Afrikaanse swerwer - Catopsilia florella - African Migrant

Rina Greeff

Jansenville, South Africa

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’n Foto van ’n skoenlapper, die Afrikaanse swerwer, Catopsilia florella, op ’n Tecoma in ons tuin op Jansenville in die Oos-Kaap van Suid-Afrika.

Skoenlappers of vlinders is ’n kleurryke dagaktiewe insekte in die Mot-orde Lepidoptera, ook bekend as die skubvlerkiges. Daar is tussen 15,000 en 20,000 gedokumenteerde soorte skoenlappers wêreldwyd. Die Afrikaanse swerwer behoort tot die Ratsvlieërs, familie Hesperiidae, waaronder die konstabels, dartelaars, springertjies, sandmannetjies, dwaalesels en dikkoppies ingesluit is.

The African Migrant, African Emigrant, or Common Vagrant is a butterfly found in Africa, the Canary Islands, Sri Lanka, India, Burma, and China. It gets its name from the fact that it moves at quite a pace. It seems it is a rule in Africa – eat or be eaten. Hence they have adapted to turning the after-burners on! The wingspan is 54–60 mm for males and 56–66 mm for females. These butterflies are South Africa’s most familiar migrating butterfly after the Brown-veined White. They are found year-round throughout South Africa. Migrations occur in summer and autumn, but most commonly in February and March.

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