Social Butterfly


Haiku 177

Flitting here and there

Never settling anywhere

Social Butterfly



I’ve been trying to capture a shot of this large butterfly for a while now, but it is so fast and flies so erratically, that it’s been very difficult! Finally, I managed this one shot as it flitted over the roof.

When you see this butterfly in real life you think it’s got to be a bird; it’s so large! Indeed, it is nearly as big as the Sunbirds that visit my honeysuckle. I estimate its wingspan at around 10 cm (4 inches).

It looks like a King Swallowtail, Papilio Thoas, even though Wiki does not say it is found in SA. Or a Constantine Swallowtail, Papilio Constantinus,Β or Forest Swallowtail, Papilio Euphranor, which are found in SA. They all look the same to me!


10 thoughts on “Social Butterfly

  1. Murphy's Law

    That was a photo worth waiting for! I’ve never seen such a huge butterfly. Amazing. Thanks for sharing this. Once again I get to see something so unusual in one of your posts! Love it.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw Thank you so much; you’re very kind. πŸ˜€
      I was just glad to get Anything at all, as they have usually “flown the coop” before I have even switched on my camera! πŸ˜€


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