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Rachel S
South Africa
Aug 26, 2022
In Development
I recently reared a Goldspotted Sylph (Metisella metis) butterfly through to adulthood this winter and wanted to share. :) Above is the final instar of the larva The pupa And the imago! The larvae of this butterfly have a curious behavior; they stitch the end of a piece of grass into a little tube to hide in. They aren't the only species that do this, others make little grass sleeping bags for themselves too! I really enjoyed rearing this little guy, normally they fly so fast in the wild its difficult to appreciate the stunning gold wings they have! I enjoy rearing the caterpillars I find in my garden in my free time. I can contribute to citizen science by submitting what I observe to The Caterpillar Rearing Group of the Lepidopterist's Society of Africa which is pretty awesome! ☺️ Have a great day/night and God bless! 😊
My Goldspotted Sylph Rearing content media
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Rachel S
South Africa
Jun 17, 2022
In General Discussions
I've recently been enjoying the content all about Lepidoptera on this YouTube channel. This one was particularly nice to see with a happy ending! 😊
An interesting butterfly rescue  content media
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Rachel S
South Africa
May 14, 2022
In Conservation
In the Southern Hemisphere, where I am, it will soon be winter. I found an interesting article or two that talks about helping Lepidoptera during the winter with a few good tips on how to do that ourselves: All credit to their website that provided these articles of course! :) Hope you have a lovely day/night, God bless!
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Rachel S
South Africa
Oct 28, 2021
In General Discussions
Not completely familiar with identifying subspecies, so I hope I can learn more about their key differences and improve! This is either Bicyclus safitza or Bicyclus safitza safitza, will update this post as soon as I know for sure which it is. Not sure how the two are different and why the same word is repeated in one of the names. I’m still learning through practice and experience. 😃 (Update: Bicyclus safitza safitza, but both names mean the same butterfly 😊) I quite like this butterfly's appearance, compared to all the other South African butterfly families it is unique and stands out! And another bonus moth sighting of a freshly emerged Lichen Quaker (Mentaxya ignicollis) moth: I hope you enjoyed seeing my photographs! (They were taken with my mobile devices, I'm itching to get a better macro camera!) Have a great rest of the day or night, God bless!😊
Bush Brown butterfly on a cloudy day content media
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Rachel S
South Africa
Oct 05, 2021
In General Discussions
A wonderful display of the diversity of butterflies that inhabit the Kalahari desert, a place despite the semi arid climate, they flourish in. I loved reading about someone else's experience of encountering butterflies in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park, a favourite destination of mine in South Africa. The puddles that do last before evaporating in the intense heat of the summer attract a wide congregation of beautifully coloured lepidopterans, a much appreciated splash of colour in the seemingly unending oceans of sand. Lovely and detailed illustration of vulnerable beauty thriving in the midst of a harsh habitat. Hope you enjoy seeing through a possible new perspective you might not have known about before! 🙂🦋
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Rachel S
South Africa
Sep 27, 2021
In Behaviour
I came across someone's blog article talking about and elaborating on this behaviour, including photographs of an event he observed. It's a short and sweet article but I found it really interesting and I hope you do too!😄 https://rcannon992.com/2017/08/30/langs-short-tailed-blue-courtship-behaviour/
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