Friday, January 20, 2012

Tawny Coster Butterfly (Acraea violae)

Those photos above were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. Tawny Coster Butterfly (Acraea violae) is from the family of Nymphalidae. Description : This butterfly has tawny color at the upper side wings. At the fore wing: a transverse black spot in cell, and another irregular, oblique and broader at the disco-cellulars. Hind wing: a basal series of four or five black spots with a similar spot beyond in middle of cell and a subcostal black spot above it, followed by a discal series of obscure blackish spots and a minute postdiscal black dot in interspaces 4 and 6 respectively; finally, a broad black terminal band medially traversed by a series of small spots of the ground-colour. 

Underside: ground-colour paler tawny. There are some black markings as on the upper side but somewhat blurred and diffuse. Hind wing: the black spots and black terminal band as on the upperside, but the spots more clearly defined, the series of spots traversing the black terminal margin very much larger and white- not tawny ; the base of the wing black, separated from the basal transverse series of black spots by two or three large whitish spots. Antennae black, head and thorax black spotted with white; abdomen is tawny with narrow transverse black lines.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Acraeini
Genus: Acraea
Species: A. violae
Binomial name:   Acraea violae
(Linnaeus, 1758)


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