The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Yellow-banded Acraea butterfly

Afrikaans name: Geelstrooprootjie

Yellow-banded Acraea butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Hyalites cabira

The Yellow-banded Acraea is an attractive butterfly. It has yellowish-orange patches in the upperwing along with red streaks. Underneath it has bands of buff, orange and brown with black spots.

Male and female have similar colours but the female is, on average, ever so slightly bigger than the male. She has a wingspan of just over 4 cm.

In South Africa the Yellow-banded Acraea is found from Port St. Johns through KwaZulu-Natal to Limpopo.

It is normally found along forest edges.

While the Yellow-banded Acraea may be seen at any time during the year it is more common in summer.

References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 118

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

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 96

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

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 37

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 154


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