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Yellow Pansy (male)

Junonia hierta cebrene


I think I have a new favourite butterfly! Not only was it very beautiful with hidden bright blue spots, it was hard to approach and it had a very interesting behaviour.


High altitude mixed woodland (prim. Acasia bushes) and grassland. This type of butterfly was found on roads or stones, I never saw one on a plant.


It had an interesting behaviour, when it landed on the ground it turned itself facing away from the sun, so the sun could lit up all the bright colours on the wings. Then it started to move the wings. I never saw any "result" of this "dance". I am not sure it was to attract a parner. It only attracted my attention :) Junonia hierta is practically distributed pan-Africa and usually common in the drier savannah zones. It also has migratory tendencies that allow it to quickly colonize disturbed habitats in the forest zone, albeit not on a permanent basis. This gives the species a very large extent of occurrence and large area of occupancy. It has been found in virtually all African countries as well as in India and parts of southeastern Asia. (

1 species ID suggestions

Atul 5 years ago
Yellow Pansy
Junonia hierta Junonia hierta


rams4d 5 years ago

Nice spot

Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you very much Harsha Singh :)
And thank you bherath20, Seema and Adarsha for your comments as well :)
Have a nice weekend!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

Gorgeous butterfly, Tiz!

Seema 5 years ago

too pretty

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 5 years ago

Beautiful butterfly :)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 5 years ago

wow so so beautiful

Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you for the link Atul, a very pretty example :)
RiekoS, thank you for your comment!

RiekoS 5 years ago


Atul 5 years ago

Tez i don't have a yellow pansy spotting ..Jemma was talking about my blue pansy spotting
but we do have the yellow pansy out here :)

Tiz 5 years ago

He! My fear of them starts to fade away, Jemma :) @ Atul, I cant find your spotting of the Yellow Pansy, do you have a link to it? And I am amazed how many similar butterflies there are in India and the south part of Africa :) You have a nice collection of them!

Hema 5 years ago

Tiz he is a Dentist too like Bayucca.

Atul 5 years ago

@jemma you remember that one !!! my first sotd
and Tiz you are welcome and Just Atul would sound better :)

Tiz 5 years ago

Indeed Jemma! I am happy to have a name on it! And the Latin name suits perfectly! Thank you Mr Atul for the fast ID

Hema 5 years ago

lovely!! Atul's Blue Pansy was a winner!!

Mbabane, Sifundza seHhohho, Swaziland

Lat: -26.22, Long: 32.00

Spotted on Jul 13, 2013
Submitted on Jul 16, 2013

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