Visiting butterflies in Steenbok

Look among the grasses in Steenbok Nature Reserve and you will find quite a few species of butterflies.

The most noticeable at this time of the year is the Brown-veined White (Belenois aurota).  It is also called a Pioneer White or African Caper White.  This butterfly, with a wingspan of 45 millimeters,  is of the Family Pieridae.  It is known as South Africa’s most common butterfly and occurs in most areas in South Africa.

Every year in midsummer (December or January) they gather in their millions, when they migrate in a north-easterly direction.