The Ramsgate Butterfly Valley Mvutshini Valley
(Place of the hippo)

"Butterflies have no boundaries and are free to go anywhere they please - Wherever there may be a host plant - eventually there will be the butterfly - who's host plant it is". Dr. DA Swanepoel 1969

Mvutshini Valley also known as The Butterfly Valley Conservancy

List of Other Insects of Mvutshini Valley

Compiled by Earle Whiteley


Scientific Name Common Name
Anax imperator Blue Emperor
Family protoneurridae threadtails
Hemistima albipunctem Piedspot
Orthetrum julia Julia Skimmer
Pseudagrion sublacteum Riffle Sprite


Scientific Name Common Name
Periplaneta americana Common Cockroach
Supella dimidiata


Scientific Name Common Name
Galinthias amoena
Hyplocoryphella grandis
Hyplocoryphella macro
Ployspilota aerugenosa
Sphodromantis gastrica Giant Mantid


Scientific Name Common Name
Euborellia annulipes
Forficula senegalensis

Crickets, Katytids, Grasshoppers And Locusts

Scientific Name Common Name
Abisares niridipennis
Acanthacris ruficornis Garden Locust
Acrida acuminata Common Stick Grasshopper
Conocephalus caudalis Meadow Katytids
Cophogryllus Mute Cricket
Cyratacantharis aeruginosa Green Tree Locust
Gryllus bimaculatus Common Garden Cricket
Phaneroptera Leaf Katytids
Playtogrylus Stolliand angusticornis
Ruspolia honocoryphulus Cane headed Katytids
Zabaluis aridus True leaf Katytids
Zonocerus elegans Elegant grasshopper

Stick Insects

Scientific Name Common Name
Leptinia graminea Grass Stick Insect
Palopnus reyi Giant Stick Insect


Scientific Name Common Name
Acanthaspis obscura
Ectrichodia crux Millipede Assassin
Glymmatophora Metallic assassin
Holotilus Ant Wolves
Homeeceris auriculatus
Lopodytes grassator Grass Assassin
Oncocephalus annulipes
Phonoctanus Cotton Stainer Assassin
Phyllontochila wahlbergi Olive Lace Bug
Platymeris Giant Assassin
Plerochila australis
Reduvius tarsatus
Rhinocoris segmentarius Flower Assassin


Scientific Name Common Name
Atractanotus mulsanti Ant Mimicking Grand Beetle
Caminara Starred Grand Beetle
Campulipus limbatus Flower chafer
Chaetodera regalis Royal Tiger Beetle
Curtisipaussus eurtisi
Cyrtothyreamarginalis Common-dotted Fruit Chafer
Graspendophaurs bonvarloiri Yellow-spotted Grand Beetle
Leucocelis amethystina Amethyst Fruit Chafer
Lophtyra brevicollis Common Tiger Beetle
Lophyra barbifrans Pate Tiger Beetle
Manticora Monster Tiger Beetle
Mausoteapsis amabilus white-spotted Fruit chafer
Pachnoda sinuata Garden Fruit Chafer
Rhabdotis aulica Emerald Fruit Chafer
Tefflus Peaceful Giant Grand Beetle
Thermophilum homoplatum Two-spotted Grand Beetle

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Welcome to S.A Butterflies

A place for rare butterflies to be and to be protected as they are extremely rare. Only a few have ever been caught - but through our breeding program we have been able to breed over one hundred and have released them back into the wild. Thanks to the dedication of a few who cared for their survival - a very rare butterfly - has been described.