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Common Leopard

Phalanta phalantha

a Common Leopard Butterfly, Phalanta phalantha, at Naiberi River Camp, Kenya, Oct. 14, 2010. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Naiberi River Camp, s.e. of Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. October 2010. Elevation 2300 meters.

The Common Leopard butterfly has a wide distribution across much of Africa south of the Sahara and also in the south of Asia. The wing span is on the order of 5 cm. It is also conspicuous in that it basks open-winged in the sunshine.

The butterfly shown here has wings damaged by encounters with predators, spiders or weather events. The fragility of butterflies means that most rarely survive more than a month as an adult.

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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