Around Yekepa, Nimba Hills, north-east Liberia

Updated 4 April 2016

Papilio antimachus
Giant African Swallowtail, male. This sighting occurred on our very last morning, 29 January, at the old recreation ground above Yekepa, the butterfly caught at the moment it took flight from the top of a bush some 5 metres high.
Papilio antimachus
Giant African Swallowtail, the same male as in the previous photo. Given the almost total absence of biological data on this species, Arcelor Mittal are funding a research project involving the attachment of a small radio transmitter to the thorax of several males to track their movements
Papilio phorcas
Several papilio species were found taking mineral salts on 26 January where a small stream crossed the path in the East Nimba Protected Area at a spot known as Cold Water
Papilio horribilis
Another of the swallowtails imbibing salts at Cold Water, 26 January
Papilio horribilis
photo at Cold Water on 26 January
Papilio demodocus
The common, but beautiful, Citrus Swallowtail resting low down on the old mining road leading from Yekepa into the hills on 27 January
Papilio demodocus
Possibly the same insect as in the previous photo, taken at the same locality 3 days earlier, 24 January
Papilio demodocus
Photographed on the same stretch of old road on 29 January
Papilio zenobia
Another one of the Cold Water group, 26 January
Graphium tynderaeus
Also at Cold Water, another stunning insect, 26 January
Graphium latreillianus
This was at Cold Water also - makes you wonder what the attraction was!
Graphium leonidas
Another member of the Cold Water assembly, 26 January
Graphium policenes
Possibly newly-emerged, found at the edge of the old mining road on 29 January
Eurema brigitta
Widely distributed, this one being photographed on the old mining road up from Yekepa on 27 January
 Nepheronia argia
Seen seeking shade at the track side in the East Nimba Protected Area during the early afternoon of 26 January
Nepheronia thalassina
This beautiful pale blue butterfly catches the eye when in flight and here it is seen resting in the East Nimba Protected Area in the early afternoon of 26 January
 Belenois calypso
Photo taken on 25 January in the Community Forest to the north-east of Yekepa
 Belenois hedyle
Basking in the East NImba Protected Area, near Cold Water, on 26 January
 Appias sylvia
A mid-morning shot on the old mining road on 27 January
 Leptosia sp
Not sure about the identification of this specimen taken at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the East Nimba Protected Area on 26 January
 Mylothris chloris
Resting beside the old mining road on 27 January
 Mylothris poppea
Photographed on the old mining road out from Yekepa on 28 January
 Mylothris spica
Seen on the way up to the recreation ground off the old mining road on 28 January
Mimacraea darwinia
Seen in the Community Forest to the north-east of Yekepa on 25th January, this small butterfly appears to mimic a member of the toxic acraea family, an example of Batesian mimicry
Mimacraea darwinia
The same insect as in the previous photo
Falcuna leonensis
These small butterflies habitually perch on slender twigs and are quite easy to spot, this one being on the old mining road on 29th January
Larinopoda eurema
Seen in the Community Forest, north-east of Yekepa on 25th January
to be identified - no obvious match!
Photo taken around 10am near the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on 26th January
 Epitola posthumus
It's a real pity I couldn't get an upperside view of this mid-sized, wonderful, dazzling blue butterfly whose larvae are tended by ants high up in the trees. This photo was taken on 24th January on the old mining road
 Aethiopana honorius
Another potential acraea Batesian mimic, and another fantastic blue upperside! Photo taken in the Community Forest on 25 January
 Spindasis iza
Photo taken on 25 January in the Community Forest
 Axiocerces harpax
Spotted at the edge of the old mining road out of Yekepa on 24 January
Iolaus agnes (or closely similar)
This genus consists of around 46 West African species characterised by whitish undersides and two-tone blue uppersides. This particular specimen was seen on 27 January on the old mining road
Hypolycaena dubia
male seen on 25 January in the Community Forest
Hypolycaena antifaunus
female, old mining road, 27 January
Hypolycaena antifaunus
seen in the Community Forest on 25 January
 Deudorix antalus
Photo taken on 24 January on the old mining road
 Deudorix lorisona
Located beyond the third set of radio masts up the old mining road on 29 January
Anthene sylvanus
At the Cold Water site in the East Nimba Protected Area on 26 January
Anthene larydas
Down by the river in the Kpatawee Wetland Ramsar site on 30 January (a somewhat ironic title as the wetlands are now rice paddies)
Anthene lachares
Seen in the Community Forest on 25 January
Anthene juba
Imbibing salts near Cold Water on 26 January
Anthene juba
Also at Cold Water on 26 January
Neurellipes lusones
a mid-morning shot in the Community Forest on 25 January
Neurellipes lusones
The same insect as in the previous photo
Triclema lucretilis
A highly mobile small butterfly, difficult to follow in flight, here seen on the old mining road on 28 January (yes, we spent a lot of time walking up and down this track in between visiting its 3 sets of radio masts in search of the Giant African Swallowtail!)
Triclema lucretilis
Underside of the same insect
Pseudonacaduba sichela
Another species down by the river in the Kpatawee Wetlands on 30 January
Uranothauma falkensteini
Seen on the track near Cold Water on 26 January
Cacyreus/uranothauma belcastroi
A lovely insect, seen here on 24 January on the old mining road
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