The ultimate defence

As a defence mechanism, many butterflies are poisonous. Other butterflies mimic their poisonous cousins to warn off predators. By Justin Bode When a poisonous butterfly is bitten, the toxins released stimulate a vomiting reflex in the predator that results in … Read More

Something special down in the marshlands

The Mountain Sylph butterfly is confined to high-altitude grasslands and loves wetland environments—it’s almost as if Verloren Valei was designed for it. By Justin Bode Metisella aegipan aegipan, Mountain sylph or Berg-walsertjie has a scattered distribution in the high-altitude montane … Read More

The white pilgrims

Correcting some common misconceptions about the Great Little White Butterfly Migration. By Justin Bode A common sight towards the end of December and early January in years after good rains is large swarms of white butterflies flying across the country. … Read More

Small, crafty, eats geraniums

The Common Geranium Bronze butterfly is widespread, and can easily be attracted into suburban gardens. By Justin Bode Cacyreus marshalli, colloquially known as the Common Geranium Bronze or the Malvabloutjie, is native to South Africa and one of our most … Read More