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Acraea esebria

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Nymphalidae
Scientific name  Telchinia esebria
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Tribe  Acraeini
Rank  Species
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Similar  Acraea, Acraea acrita, Acraea rahira, Acraea anacreon, Acraea serena

Acraea esebria, the dusky acraea, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family from southern and eastern Africa.

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Description

The dusky acraea is a variable species, but the most common form is black with a white band across the forewing and a white patch on the lower forewing and on the hindwing. There are a number of described morphs (with white, yellow or orange patches) including:

  • f. ertli
  • f. esebria
  • f. protea (black with creamy-yellow patches)
  • f. monteironis (black with white patches)
  • f. jacksoni
  • The wingspan is 45–55 mm for males and 53–60 mm for females. Males and females both show the same range of colouration.

    Distribution

    This species is found from the Eastern Cape of South Africa to Zimbabwe and in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo (Shaba), Angola, Tanzania and eastern Kenya (east of the Rift Valley).

    Eggs

    The eggs are oval in shape.

    Larvae

    The larvae feed on Urtica, Laportea peduncularis, Urera trinervis, Urera hypselodendron, Obetia tenax, Pouzolzia procridioides, Pouzolzia parasitica and Fleurya mitis.

    Adults

    Adults are on wing year round but are more common in the warmer months, from December to April. These butterflies fly slowly in and around forests and feed from flowers.

    References

    Acraea esebria Wikipedia


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