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Common Geranium-Bronze

Cacyreus marshalli


With its wings folded up this butterfly as a beautiful brown and white pattern that becomes soft white hairs on the body broken by the very large eyes. The upper surface of the wing is all dark brown with a white edgeing.As its name suggests these butterflies lay their eggs on the plants of the genera Pelargonium and Geranium. It is a native to South Africa but was accidently brough to Europe in 1978 and has become very wide spread and a pest of the above plants. In South Africa it is believed to be kept in check by predation although any predator or parasict oppertunist is yet to be found.


Usually gardens where geraniums are grown or bushvelt


Updated with a picture of the caterpillar

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Michael Strydom
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Michael Strydom

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on May 20, 2019
Submitted on May 20, 2019

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