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Queen of Botswana

This beautiful Common Diadem Butterfly was sitting in the sun on a bush in Planet Baobab in Botswana.

 

Originally I identified this butterfly as an African Monarch, but Jon Baker (www.flickr.com/photos/41528106@N00) pointed out that this is actually a diadem, which is a master of mimic and pretending to be the toxic African Monarch. Thanks a lot for clarification.

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Taken on February 18, 2011