Butterflies - Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli)
The Geranium Bronze is native to South Africa and has spread to Europe with imported Pelargonium plants. It is now common in parts of southern Spain, France and Italy with occasional records from Holland, Belgium and more recently England.
In the summer of, John Carter discovered this Geranium Bronze butterfly on his Pelargonium plants in his garden in Pillerton Priors a few days after purchasing the plants from a local garden centre. This female (see photo below) had clearly mated with a male and was busily laying eggs on the buds of his plants.
visit John Carter's web site
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Usually on imported plants purchased from garden centres.
Vagrant in Warwickshire.
The Geranium Bronze is a non-native species and is not known to naturally breed in the UK. Sightings are of escaped/imported individuals.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Geranium Bronze is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Geranium Bronze butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.