Butterflies in Kenya

Butterfly hunting in Kenya’s forest

Peter Greste joins a scientist researching the many different kinds of butterfly in one of the most isolated patches of tropical mountain forest in East Africa.

“Butterflies of Kenya

Because of its terrain and climate, Kenya’s butterflies are a microcosm of the butterflies of the African Region. About a quarter of the continent’s 4000 butterfly species can be seen there.

Butterfly Safaris in Kenya

In association with the Mida Butterfly Farm, Eco-resorts offers a range of Butterfly Safaris, providing a unique opportunity to study Kenyan coastal butterflies while enjoying a relaxing beach holiday.

The Mida Butterfly Farm is located near the coastal resort of Watamu, Kenya and specializes in the breeding of local Lepidoptera for the live pupae export market. The Farm has been in operation for over 18 years; your hosts, Richard Bennett and his guides, are the most experienced breeders in this area.

Over 300 species of butterfly, many of which are endemic to the area, occur within a 15 km radius of Watamu, providing easy access to a wide range of habitats such as coastal dunes and primary forest.

You can find numerous Papilio, Graphium, Charaxes, Euxanthe, Salamis, Amauris, Hypolimnus, Precis and a few Saturnids in this area. Specialties, exclusively bred by the Mida farm, include: Hypolimnus usambara and anthedon, Salamis cacta and anacardi, Euxanthe tiberias and several other coastal forest species.

With the onset of the May rains, the more common species of Pierids and Papilionids emerge in such numbers that they form virtual clouds in the air. Peak abundance and diversity occurs from May to November; however many species, particularly forest Nymphalides, can be found throughout the year.

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