In this family there is a large number of butterflies of diverse colours, shapes and sizes classified into twelve sub-families. We have identified twentythree Nymphs on our property from six sub-families.
Unlike other butterflies Nymphs look as though they only have four legs as their forelegs are reduced in size. Because of this they are called brush-footed butterflies.
A sub family of the Nymphalidae includes the Browns (Satyrinae). This group of butterflies like flying in areas of mottled shade. In late summer and early autumn we see many Browns. Their numbers are increasing as more and more native grasses grow in the Kikuyu in the former paddocks.
One Nymphalidae that most people know is the Wanderer or Milkweed butterfly.
The power line clearing is frequented by many of the Browns (sub-family Satyrinae)