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Insect Scout: deadmanswill
Location: Miryalaguda, AP, India
Species Identifier(s): wallaby1 (http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/906963/)
Points to appreciate:
- Notice the fine spikes on its body are further branching off even finer needles. These are its predatory deterrents.
- The bright color is probably is a warning of its toxins.
- The butterfly breeds on plants of the family Loganiaceae and species of Passiflora many of which contain toxins that are sequestered by the caterpillars.
- This is a butterfly of the hills as well as the plains. It is plentiful in the pre-monsoon and monsoon period and becomes scarce later on.
- It belongs to the Nymphalidae or brush-footed butterfly family.