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Tawny Coster

Acraea terpsicore


Brick red with narrow black border. Black dots on wings too.


We had stopped to refuel on the National Highway and I had just stepped out when I saw this butterfly on the weeds by the side of the highway.


When attacked it plays dead and secretes a foul-smelling yellowish fluid from glands in the joints of the legs. It is also distasteful to predators.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Nov 27, 2016
Submitted on Nov 28, 2016

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