The Violet Turaco, Musophaga violacea; with open wings the scarlet of the flight-feathers is striking. Not wholly dependent on climax forest but certainly typical of it – the reason the bird was chosen locally for the logo of Farasuto Forest Community Nature Reserve

The Butterflies of Farasuto

As at February 2009 butterflies have the distinction of being the only group other than birds to have a list, so far of eight species. This is thanks to observations made and records submitted by Mike Slater (see the ‘Who’s who’ in How you can help). We know of one butterfly food-plant; the Common Bush Blue Cacyreus lingeus lays its eggs on the newly forming seed-pods, near the tip of the plant, on Rattlebox Crotolaris species (spectabilis?) with thanks to Mike for this information.

Mike’s species list for Farasuto, from one brief visit, is as follows there must be many others and we eagerly await news of them.

  • African Tiger Danaus chrysippus
  • Citrus Swallowtail Papilio demodocus
  • Diadem Hypolimnas misippus
  • Common Bush Blue Cacyreus lingeus
  • African Grass Blue Zizeeria knysna
  • Common Grass Yellow Eurema hecabe solifera
  • Guineafowl Hamanumida daedalus
  • Small Orange Acraea Acraea eponina



African Tiger Danaus chrysippus, a relative of the American Monarch near Kotu Bridge.