Saffron Sapphire!

Hello – many greetings from the wet Serengeti plains in Northern Tanzania. Just wanted to share this photo of a very special butterfly called the Saffron Sapphire (Iolaus pallene).

Watched this little fellow whirling around a kopje. They lay their eggs on parasitic plants that grow on large trees… The ‘tails’ on this butterfly actually function as a false-head encouraging predators to grab for the wrong end while the butterfly makes a hasty escape!

More from the world of bugs soon!

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