oa Journal of East African Natural History - Notes on some butterflies of the Ngara District of Tanzania, together with a list of those recorded

Volume 1969, Issue 118
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



The following notes are based on a small collection made in 1948 and 1949 and vegetational and faunal changes may well have occurred since then. Collecting was undertaken only sporadically and as opportunity offered and achieved a far from complete record of butterflies in the area, Lycaenids and Hesperiids in particular being poorly represented. Sufficient species were however taken to give a fair indication of relationships with adjoining areas. A few records are, I think, new to the Tanzania list. The Ngara district, with an area of 1,045 sq. miles, lies between fifty and eighty miles to the west of the southern end of Lake Victoria. The altitude varies from 4,200 to 6,000 feet a.s.l. and the rainfall, which occurs mainly between October and April, averages about forty inches a year.

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