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Butterflies of Africa
Guineafowl
Hamanumida daedalus  FABRICIUS, 1775
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - LIMENITIDINAE
Tribe - ADOLIADINI
Hamanumida daedalus, Mount Gemi, Likpe Hills, Ghana / Togo border Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Hamanumida comprises of a single species - daedalus, which is popularly known as the Guineafowl due to it's colour and pattern which resembles that of the guineafowl bird.
Hamanumida daedalus is widespread across Africa including Madagascar. It also occurs in the Arab states.
Habitats
This is a grassland / savannah species found at altitudes between sea level and about 800m. It is associated mainly with dry, rocky grassland where there are scattered bushes and trees, but also rapidly colonises abandoned agricultural land.
Lifecycle
The primary larval foodplant is Combretum, but Terminalia and Tectona ( teak ) are also used.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are normally seen singly or in two's and three's. Males will mud-puddle at the edges of fords and small streams, but both sexes are more commonly seen aggregating at the top of hills where courtship and copulation take place. They fly very low over the ground, and frequently settle to bask on bare ground or on rocks or boulders. At all times they remain very alert, taking flight at the slightest disturbance.

 

 

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