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Large spotted acraea

Acraea sp.

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Flying at eye level in flowering bushes near the beach.

Notes:

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

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9 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

No need to regret, maybe you get another chance. Happens with me all the time.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thank you Satyen! I regret not noticing the bug at the time and taking a better shot of it...

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Lovely shot of the butterfly and the bug. The bug is colourful too.

AnneSorbes
AnneSorbes 10 years ago

Je n'y manquerai pas, j'en ai justement traité et identifié quelques unes aujourd'hui.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Merci Anne! Si vous photographiez, aussi les fleurs, j'ai créé une mission locale spécifiquement pour la flore alpine. Ne manquez pas de vous y inscrire!

AnneSorbes
AnneSorbes 10 years ago

Merci pour votre accueil, Daniele. Vu sa localisation, je ne risque pas de pouvoir l'identifier :-) mais il est très élégant et joliment coloré.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks KarenL!

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Beautiful butterfly & cute bug! I hope you can ID it.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 10 years ago

I only noticed the bug at the basis of the leaf after I took these pics... it would be great if someone can ID it!

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Zanzibar City, Unguja Mjini Magharibi, Tanzania

Spotted on Nov 19, 2011
Submitted on Dec 6, 2011

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