Book title: Butterflies of the Western Cape
Author: A.J.M. Claassens
Publisher: Sunbird Pubishers
Cape Town, South Africa 2005
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 72 pages, 180 photographs and illustrations
Although some 225 butterfly species occur in the Western Cape, relatively few can be regarded as common garden, park or wayside species. This is an informative, user-friendly guide that assists gardeners and nature lovers alike in identifying and enjoying the 53 species of butterfly that are common in urban areas in the region, and offers a brief, illustrated guide to the families to which these species belong. Both sexes of each of the 53 species are beautifully illustrated and in some cases, so is the relevant larva or pupa.
The photographs are accompanied by informative text, detailing each species' life cycle, distribution, habitats and habits, and the larvae's most common food plants (including the Lycaenids' association with ants). Interesting snippets of information regarding the world in which these creatures live round off this unique guide to the butterflies of the Western Cape's gardens, parks and waysides.
Butterfly families represented in the Western Cape
Blues and Coppers (Lycaenids)
Yellows, Whites and Orange-tips (Pierids)
Butterfly species 1-53
Index to common English and Afrikaans names, and scientific names