The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Dusky Acraea

Afrikaans name: Kafferbok-rooitjie

Dusky Acraea

Dusky Acraea butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Hyalites esebria

The male Dusky Acraea is slightly bigger than the female. Males have a wingspan of around 5 cm while females are around 5.5 cm.

The colouring of this butterfly is variable with the patches being anything from a pale yellow to more orange.

The Dusky Acraea can be seen on the wing all year round, but it is most common between December and April.

It occurs in the eastern portions of the country and its preferred habitats are woodland and forest fringes.

References and further reading

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 548

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 124

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 155

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 38

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 372

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 102

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 98

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 21

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 80

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 50

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 64

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 119

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