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Spotted Joker
Byblia ilithyia
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Liza commented:

Thank you very much! I think you're right about the identification... I'm not entirely familiar with South African butterfly species, and think this is a great platform on which to expand my knowledge. :)

Marié
Marié commented:

Beautiful butterfly Liza. Thank you for sharing. I think however it is a Spotted Joker. If you click on the image to view in more detail, you will see the dark line on the body which is similar to B. ilithyia. Also the wing patterns are similar. Have a look at the Suggested ID and update the ID if you agree.

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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Spotted Joker
Scientific: Byblia ilithyia

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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Cabbage White (English), Koolwitjie (Afrikaans)
Scientific: Pieris brassicae
Notes: Not 100% sure.

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Marié commented:

Welcome to WhatSpecies Kim and thank you for sharing your observation. A close-up picture will make a positive ID more likely - it is a bit difficult to tell from this distance. But from the description it sounds like it could be the caterpillar of Pieris brassicae, a butterfly also known as Cabbage White. Large holes in the leaves of brassica crops and nasturtiums are usually the work of cabbage white caterpillars. Pieris brassicae is an alien butterfly in South Africa, and expanding its range at an alarming rate. If you'd like to see what the butterfly looks like, you can look here: Cabbage White

Acraea Induna
Hyalites induna salmontana
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Marié commented:

Thank you for sharing Liz! They are beautiful. It might be Induna Acraea. Very confined distribution. Please see the suggested ID.

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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Induna Acraea
Scientific: Hyalites induna salmontana
Notes: Confined to montane sourveld on the high ridges of the Soutpansberg in South Africa's Limpopo province.

Ox-eyed Pansy
Junonia orithya madagascariensis
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Explorer commented:

Thank you for pointing out the presently valid and accepted name Dok Tor.

Dok Tor
Dok Tor commented:

The presently valid and accepted name is _Junonia orithya madagascariensis_. The other name given above is in an outdated genus-species combination and presently invalid. And contains a spelling error.

Marié
Marié commented:

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing Liz.

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Dok Tor
Dok Tor suggested a new ID:

Common: Common Blue group
Scientific: Leptotes sp.
Notes: See comments.

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Dok Tor commented:

"Cyclirius" is not longer a valid genus. _Leptotes_ is. The different species of _Leptotes_ cannot be told apart without genitalic dissection. . Refer to https://whatspecies.com/what-species-is-this-45.

Twin-Dotted Border
Mylothris rueppellii haemus
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Marié commented:

Lovely picture Lizzie. Thank you for sharing. To me it looks like a Twin Dotted Border. (Please see my suggested ID).

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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Twin Dotted Border
Scientific: Mylothris rueppellii haemus

Rainforest Brown
Cassionympha cassius
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Marié commented:

If you agree with the suggested ID, you can update your posting accordingly. Thank you.

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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Rainforest Brown
Scientific: Cassionympha cassius
Notes: Woodhall, S. (2005) Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa.

Marié
Marié commented:

Thank you for sharing Lizzie. It is most beautiful! My guess would be a Rainforest Brown (Cassionympha cassius). Apparently the number and size of upper side and under side ocelli can be quite variable. Marvellous picture.

Common Blue group
Genus Leptotes
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Dok Tor
Dok Tor suggested a new ID:

Common: Common Blue-group
Scientific: Leptotes
Notes: Five species of "Common-Blue" lycaenid butterfly occur in South Africa. Two of those can be found at Stellenbosch (this observation). About these two Leptotes species, plus another two, Steve Woodhall wrote the following in his authoritative Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa (2005: 260): "[These four species] are impossible to tell apart in the hand, let alone in the field, genital dissection being the only sure method of identification." It is therefore clear that a Leptotes species also should not (cannot!) be identified from a photograph, beyond genus level. Also read this comment: http://www.ispot.org.za/node/150063#comment-46422.

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Common: Common Zebra Blue
Scientific: Leptotes pirithous
Notes: Woodhall, S. (2013). Butterflies of South Africa

Purple-brown Hairstreak
Hypolycaena philippus philippus
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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Purple-brown Hairstreak
Scientific: Hypolycaena philippus philippus

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Marié commented:

Beautiful pictures Lizzie. Thank you for sharing! This looks like one of the Hairstreaks. Given the location, perhaps the Purple-brown Hairstreak (Hypolycaena philippus philippus). I am not sure though.

Lily Borer Caterpillar
Brithys crini crini
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Marié commented:

Thank you for sharing Isabel! :-) This is a Lily Borer Caterpillar and unfortunately a terrible garden pest. They damage the stems and leaves of lilies, especially lilies of the family Amaryllidaceae, for example Clivias, Crinums, Narcissus, Belladonna Lilies and many other species.

Marié
Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Lily Borer Caterpillar
Scientific: Brithys crini crini
Notes: Garden pest

Buquet’s Vagrant
Nepheronia buquetii
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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Cambridge Vagrant
Scientific: Nepheronia thalassina sinalata
Notes: Woodhall, S. (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa

Marié
Marié commented:

What a wonderful experience! I can imagine it must have felt like fairy land. :-) I have suggested two ID's - not sure of either. Thank you for sharing the "magic" with us.

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Marié suggested a new ID:

Common: Buquet's Vagrant or Green-eyed Monster
Scientific: Nepheronia buquettii
Notes: Woodhall, S. (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa

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