updated 02:22 AM EST, Sat October 25, 2014

"Looking for a new colony of this butterfly really is like looking for a needle in a haystack … except you only have a three-week window at the peak of the rainy season!"

For the last few years, members of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa have been on a mission: they’ve been searching for a new colony of one small, endangered and very elusive insect: the Wolkberg Zulu butterfly (Alaena margaritacea). Just recently, their efforts paid off.

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