Leaf Charaxes

Gnophodes betsimena

Gnophodes betsimena butterfly, Nairobi, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This butterfly was observed in secondary growth woods near Nairobi, Kenya, July 2014.

This is an insect of dappled light and shade within secondary woodland (as opposed to mature forest where the ground is densely shaded and mostly devoid of green plants). Most members of this subfamily, Satyrinae, feed as larvae (caterpillar) on shade-adapted grasses. The adults are not flower visitors, but occasionally visit dung or rotting fruit to take liquid sustenance. It alights quickly among fallen leaves and 'disappears.'

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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