Image contributed by U.K
photographer Michael Godfrey
Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Also known as the Joker butterfly.
In South Africa they are found in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and parts of the Northern Cape.
Joker's are typically found in flatland areas.
Their appearance varies slightly, depending on the season.
In the wet season, the male will have deep, rich orange dorsal wing sides..
Females will appear similar, with like markings, but on the dorsal side the ground color will be paler and the black markings less pronounced
In the dry season, the males and females will be similar to the wet-season form but the black markings will not be so sharply defined.
The ventral side ground colors will be darker, with the hindwing a dark yellowish brown, while on the transverse side, bands on both sexes will be white.