Butterflies and amphibians in Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale National Park in Uganda is home to a diverse range of butterflies and amphibians, adding to its vibrant ecosystem. Here’s some information about the butterflies and amphibians found in Kibale National Park
Kibale Forest is known for its beautiful swallowtail butterflies. Species such as the African giant swallowtail (Papilio antimachus) and the forest swallowtail (Papilio dardanus) can be found fluttering among the trees.
The park is also home to several charaxes species, commonly known as “emperor” butterflies. These large, colorful butterflies include the white-veined charaxes (Charaxes brutus), the forest charaxes (Charaxes numenes), and the velvet-spotted charaxes (Charaxes bernardus).
Skippers are small to medium-sized butterflies with a distinctive flight pattern. In Kibale National Park, you can find various skipper species, such as the common dotted border skipper (Spialia spio) and the African dart skipper (Euselasia bellerophon).
Kibale Forest is home to a rich diversity of frogs. You can find numerous species, including the African giant bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus), the gray treefrog (Leptopelis gramineus), and the Kihansi spray toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis). The forest’s moist environment provides an ideal habitat for these amphibians.
Various toad species can be found in Kibale National Park, such as the African common toad (Amietophrynus regularis) and the red-spotted toad (Amietophrynus kisoloensis). These toads play important roles in maintaining the park’s ecosystem balance.
Kibale Forest is also home to different species of tree frogs. The African tree frog (Leptopelis flavomaculatus) and the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) are among the tree frog species found in the park.
These butterflies and amphibians contribute to Kibale National Park‘s overall biodiversity and ecological equilibrium. Exploring the park’s paths and taking guided nature walks provide an opportunity to study and appreciate these amazing species in their natural environment.