An introduction to the butterflies of the Drakensberg
The Drakensberg is a paradise for the ‘Butterfly Spotter’ or Lepidopterists. Observe many of South Africa’s estimated 801 butterfly types or taxa in this region.
The Gaudy Commodore is frequently noted throughout the year. This butterfly is predominantly blue in winter and red in summer. They congregate in holes in river banks and under rock overhangs at night and in the early morning in winter. It is a spectacular sight to see such a gathering.
A congregation of Gaudy Commodores on Drakensberg Dream Estate. Photo Credit: Hannes Scharf
Other butterflies frequently noted in the Drakensberg and its surrounds include the African Clouded Yellow, African Grass Blue, African Migrant, African Monarch, Brown-veined White, Bush Bronze, Citrus Swallowtail, Common Diadem, Common Dotted Border, Common Hottentot, Common Zebra Blue, Garden Acraea, Geranium Bronze, Meadow White, Painted Lady, Pea Blue and the Yellow Pansy.