אוגוסט 02, 2021

Syrmoptera mixtura

I've learned that sometimes an observation can't be identified unless you do a bit of extra work.

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.

פורסם ב אוגוסט 02, 2021 12:00 לפנה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

יוני 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

פורסם ב יוני 27, 2020 10:43 לפנה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

יוני 17, 2020

Identification Guide : Eurytela dryope

CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE IT AT FULL RESOLUTION

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

פורסם ב יוני 17, 2020 03:54 לפנה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 1 comment | הוספת תגובה

מאי 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.

CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE IT AT FULL RESOLUTION

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

פורסם ב מאי 24, 2020 04:35 אחה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 3 comments | הוספת תגובה

אוקטובר 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

פורסם ב אוקטובר 08, 2019 06:24 לפנה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 1 comment | הוספת תגובה

יוני 26, 2019

Identification Guide: Eurema of the Terias subgenus




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


Click on the following to enlarge.





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.

פורסם ב יוני 26, 2019 01:24 אחה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 5 comments | הוספת תגובה

יוני 16, 2019

Identification Guide: Byblia anvatara

פורסם ב יוני 16, 2019 08:33 אחה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 6 comments | הוספת תגובה

יוני 14, 2019

Identification Guide: Zizeeria, Zizina, Zizula, Spot the Difference

(sorry for the pun)

פורסם ב יוני 14, 2019 05:04 אחה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 3 comments | הוספת תגובה

Identification Guide: Easily Confused Spialia in Central Africa

פורסם ב יוני 14, 2019 04:55 אחה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 5 comments | הוספת תגובה

Identification Guide: The Phalanta of mainland Africa

פורסם ב יוני 14, 2019 04:42 אחה"צ על־ידי cabintom cabintom | 4 comments | הוספת תגובה