African Wood Nymph

Bicyclus dentatus (?)

Satyr Butterfly, pssibly Bicyclus dentatus, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This butterfly was observed on a wooded trail in the Gatamiyo Forest, Nakuru County, Kenya, Oct. 2016.

Most wood nymph butterflies, also called satyrs, are primarily brown in color. Many species have eyespots and most are denizens of wooded areas with plenty of shade. They rarely venture into sunshine and virtually never visit flowers. Instead they flit close to ground moving from shadow to shadow. Many satyr butterflies feed on various grass species in the larval stage.

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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