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The symbol of the Midlands Meander – the rare and endangered Karkloof Butterfly (Orachrysops ariadne) is on the wing for a couple of weeks in Autumn and is known in only three locations in KwaZulu Natal. Dependent on moist mist-belt grassland, this butterfly has a unique relationship with the sugar ant which carries the larva from the nest to the food source. Suitable sites for Karkloof colonies occur on gentle southern slopes where the host plant thrives. Because we believe that the little things do count, the Midlands Meander was involved in research in an attempt to ensure its survival.