April 20, 2022

Identification Guide: Precis octavia / Precis antilope / Precis cuama

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Most specimens illustrated have been adapted with permission from Afrotropical Butterflies and Skippers.
(https://metamorphosis.org.za/articlesPDF/1144/664%20Genus%20Precis%20Huebner.pdf)

Posted on April 20, 2022 04:11 by cabintom cabintom | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 16, 2022

Identification Guide: Byblia anvatara vs Byblia ilithyia

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Specimen images adapted with permission from Afrotropical Butterflies and Skippers.
(https://metamorphosis.org.za/articlesPDF/1067/358%20Genus%20Byblia%20Huebner.pdf)

Posted on April 16, 2022 19:31 by cabintom cabintom | 1 comment | Leave a comment

April 09, 2022

Identification Guide: Ariadne enotrea vs Ariadne albifascia

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Posted on April 09, 2022 11:30 by cabintom cabintom | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 08, 2022

Identification Guide: Junonia chorimene group

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Note: The figures are not set to scale or colour calibrated (but are pretty close).

Posted on February 08, 2022 17:04 by cabintom cabintom | 2 comments | Leave a comment

August 02, 2021

Syrmoptera mixtura

https://metamorphosis.org.za/articlesPDF/1648/Desloges%202021.07.02%20Metamorphosis%2032_28-29%20Desloges%20Symoptera%20mixtura.pdf

For those who may be interested, here are the 4 male specimens:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/42218686
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/49577171
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/42218687
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39144797

And the 2 female specimens:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39144796
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/42218684

These have all been deposited in the collection at the African Butterfly Research Institute (ABRI) in Nairobi.

The remaining 2 known females of the species are housed at the Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale (MRAC) in Belgium.

Posted on August 02, 2021 00:00 by cabintom cabintom | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 27, 2020

Afrotropical Butterflies & other neat things found online

For those of you who refer to William's Afrotropical Butterflies, he's recently uploaded a slew of new pdfs covering many genera.

They can be found here: http://metamorphosis.org.za/?p=articles&s=Results&page=0

I also encourage you to check out @shirdipam 's awesome butterfly photography website. Her photos of African species can be found here: https://pamsbutterflies.com/region/3/africa

Posted on June 27, 2020 10:43 by cabintom cabintom | 1 comment | Leave a comment

June 17, 2020

Identification Guide : Eurytela dryope

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Note that the angle in ssp. angulata's yellow FW band is often less pronounced than in the example given.

Posted on June 17, 2020 03:54 by cabintom cabintom | 1 comment | Leave a comment

May 24, 2020

Identification Guide : Commonly Confused Belenois

The 3 Belenois species gidica, aurota, & creona are among the most common butterflies on the continent of Africa and yet are also among the most commonly misidentified butterflies on iNaturalist. This is due to their superficial similarity and the variability expressed in their wing patterns.

Hopefully this colour-coded guide will help you pin-point the key basic features of each species.

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If anyone needs a more detailed explanation of defining features, please ask in the comments below.

Posted on May 24, 2020 16:35 by cabintom cabintom | 3 comments | Leave a comment

October 08, 2019

Tom the Maverick (?)

Well it looks like I'm sitting at over 40! maverick identifications at the moment... either I'm a rebel or there's a lot of easily misidentified African butterflies out there.

Anyone care to help?
See: https://www.inaturalist.org/identifications?user_id=cabintom&category=maverick

Posted on October 08, 2019 06:24 by cabintom cabintom | 1 comment | Leave a comment

June 26, 2019

Identification Guide: Eurema of the Terias subgenus




Note that the sex brand is only a feature in males of certain species.


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Helpful scientific resources:



Note that the specimens chosen to illustrate these species in Williams 2019 (" Afrotropical Butterflies and Skippers - A Digital Encyclopaedia") are not always accurate.

Posted on June 26, 2019 13:24 by cabintom cabintom | 5 comments | Leave a comment