News item no. 4251

2014-07-04 Megan Loftie-Eaton 
TGIFF - Thank Goodness it's FLUTTERBY FRIDAY!

TGIFF - Thank Goodness it's FLUTTERBY FRIDAY! The Guinea-fowl butterfly / Tarentaaltjie (Hamanumida daedalus) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family and the only member of the Hamanumida genus. It is widespread throughout Africa.

The wingspan is 55–65 mm for males and 60–78 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round, with peaks in midwinter and summer. The Guinea-fowl butterfly's larvae feed on Combretum and Terminalia species.

Reference: Woodhall, S. 2005. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers.