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Tawny Coster

Acraea terpsicore


The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore[1]) is a small leathery winged butterfly which is common in grassland and scrub habitats. It belongs to the Nymphalidae or brush-footed butterfly family. It has a weak fluttery flight. It is avoided by most insect predators. This species and the Yellow Coster Acraea issoria are the only two Indian representatives of the predominantly African tribe Acraeini.


spotted in my garden in Tamil Nadu, South India. The butterfly is found in India and Sri Lanka. It is common all the year round and is equally at home in forest clearings and open country. Though mainly seen at low elevations it has been recorded at heights of up to 7,000 feet (2,100 m) in south India and sometimes in the North. This is a butterfly of the hills as well as the plains. It is plentiful in the pre-monsoon and monsoon period and becomes scarce later on.

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pamsai 7 years ago

thanks Karin...

KarenL 7 years ago

Lovely series Pam!

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Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 12.23, Long: 79.08

Spotted on Mar 1, 2012
Submitted on Mar 1, 2012

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