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This rather large striking Heliconiinae butterfly was spotted on the small coral island of Chumbe near the Tanzanian coastline. An old field guide found with the local rangers listed it as the “large spotted acraea” but made no reference to a scientific name. Help with exact species ID appreciated.
Flying at eye level in flowering bushes near the beach.
Wingspan about 7 cm. I believe it may be Acraea egina based on this link: http://rcdening.co.uk/rcdening_collectn/... However I’ve found little information on distribution. Chumbe Island is a coral nature reserve off Zanzibar developed since 1991. Find out more about Chumbe Island at http://www.chumbeisland.com