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Acraea caterpillar

Acraea spp.

Description:

POSSIBLY a caterpillar of the Elegant Acraea (Acraea egina). Despite some notable differences, which may be related to age, the rather distinctive larval pattern is a very good match, while that species is reported for Kibale NP.

Habitat:

montane forest in the northern part of Kibale Forest National Park

Notes:

Kibale National Park (pronounced Chibale) is a national park in South Uganda protecting moist evergreen rain forest. It is 766 km² in size and is located between 1,100–1,600 meters in elevation.. The northern part of the park has the highest elevation. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. In East Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest.

1 Species ID Suggestions

one of Uganda's 90+ species of Acraea
Acraea spp. (Heliconiinae, Nymphalidae) Le Site des Acraea de Dominique Bernaud


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2 Comments

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 4 years ago

Pam, after consulting my extensive references and then with noted butterfly authorities Colin Congdon (Africa) and Freerk Molleman (Kibale), I believe your caterpillar is POSSIBLY that of the Elegant Acraea (Acraea egina > http://www.acraea.com/php/biologiemin.ph...). Despite some notable differences, which may be related to age, the rather distinctive larval pattern is a very good match, while that species is reported for Kibale NP.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Nymphalidae??

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Mubende, Uganda

Spotted on Jul 11, 2014
Submitted on Sep 1, 2014

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