Junonia orithya is a nymphalid butterfly with many subspecies local to Africa, southern and south-eastern Asia, Cambodia and Australia. In India, its common English name is the blue pansy but it is also known as the blue argus. The adults are usually spotted in open areas, often sitting on bare ground. The Junonia orithya has a stiff flap and glide style of flight and maintains its territory by driving away other butterflies that enter it. This type of butterfly loves the protection given by the multitude of native plants allowed to proliferate in the 10-12 hectares of sand waste (non-playing area desert) at Safaa and we love to see it around!