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Insect Scout: Neelima
Location: Miryalaguda, AP, India
Species Identifier(s): Wallby1 (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/901966/)
Points to appreciate:
- Observe its leathery wings. This insect has a weak flight.
- This insect is a slow flyer and yet is avoided by most predators.
- The reason is this insect gives out a smelly oily substance that is distasteful for most insect eaters.
- The scientific name of this specie is Acraea terpsicore
- This belongs to the Nymphalidae or brush-footed butterfly family.
- The butterfly is found in India and Sri Lanka. It si common all the year round and is equally at home in forest clearings and in open country.
- Though mainly seen at low elevations it has been recorded at heights of up to 7000 feet in south India and sometimes in the North.
- The butterfly breeds on plants of the family Loganiaceae and species of Passiflora many of which contain toxins that are sequestered by the caterpillars.