Butterflies of Africa
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
Falls, Ghana ©
There are 5
Catuna species, all Afrotropical in
distribution. Catuna crithea is by far
the commonest, and is found throughout the forested areas of
sub-Saharan Africa, from Guinea to western Kenya and Zambia, but
does not reach South Africa or the east coast of the continent.
This is a rainforest species, and tends to be most abundant along
paths and tracks where dappled sunlight filters through the tree
foliage to reach the forest floor.
The larval foodplants include Manilkara,
Synsepalum - all members of the Sapotaceae.
The Infuriating Pathfinder is one of the commonest and familiar
species in the forests of Africa, yet it is probably the most
frustrating of all butterflies to photograph. The adults never fly
more than a few centimetres above ground level, and constantly patrol
back and forth along paths, pausing only for a moment here and there.
Catuna are fast on the wing, and extremely alert. They taunt
the photographer by repeatedly landing just out of camera-reach. Even
the most careful approach causes them to take flight, only to land
again a short distance away.
© Adrian Hoskins