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Acraea anacreon

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Nymphalidae
Scientific name  Telchinia anacreon
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Acraea
Rank  Species
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Similar  Acraea axina, Acraea esebria, Acraea rahira, Acraea oncaea, Acraea induna

Acraea anacreon, the (large) orange acraea, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in Kwazulu-Natal and Transvaal and from Angola to Zimbabwe and to Kenya. Elsewhere in Africa and adjacent regions, "orange acraea" refers to the smaller A. eponina, which apparently does not belong in the same genus as the present species.

The wingspan is 40–50 mm for males and 45–55 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to May, with a peak in February. There are usually multiple generations per year, but only one (with adults on wing in February) in high mountains.

The larvae feed on Cliffortia linearifolia, Aeschynomene and Adenia species.

References

Acraea anacreon Wikipedia


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