[This blog contains 5 engaging images.] I happened to see this female African Migrant (Catopsilia florella) butterfly in flight. If I was not in this fortunate position I would never have seen her settle (above) in the Snow Queen Hibiscus in my garden, as the shrub has many white leaves and this offers perfect camouflage for a charming lime-white colored butterfly.
In the above pic I moved closer to the butterfly to get a better shot, but the height of the shrub and the white leaves were making it difficult, and I was in a hurry as the butterfly could have flown off at any given moment.
I finally grabbed a chair to stand on to get the best possible shot, and luckily the butterfly remained in one spot. The pic above was the best I could get.
To my delight after searching through my butterfly images I found a photo of the male African Emigrant butterfly which I took months ago in the Mpumalanga Botanical Gardens.
I searched the internet and found this sensational pic on Wikipedia of the mating pair. Note the beautiful matching colors. What a handsome couple!
The Catopsilia florella (lovely name!) is found in Africa and the Canary Islands. From South Africa, the adults migrate from summer to autumn in a north-easterly direction.
The larvae feed on Coffee Weed, Monkey Pod tree, Senna tree, Apple Blossom and the Golden Rain tree.
Copyright Photos and Poetry. Caroline Street.
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