Facts about Acraea Butterfly, the Acraea Butterfly is an Acraea type of brush-footed butterfly that comes from the Nymphalidae family. The Acraea Butterfly are little leathery winged butterflies that are widespread in lowland and scrub habitats. The Acraea Butterfly type of butterfly has a feeble fluttery flight, and it is avoided by nearly all insect predators. The Acraea Butterfly are largely found in Sri Lanka and India. Though they are common throughout the year, they can be seen in abundance during the pre-downpour and downpour season, which are uniformly at home in wood clearings and open country. The Acraea Butterfly live both in the plains and in the hills. Though they can be seen at low heights, they can also be found at a height of 7,000 feet in south India and occasionally in the North India and in some parts of Indochina.
The Acraea Butterfly is a small-size butterfly that has a wingspan, ranging from 53 mm to 64 mm. The upperside of the male Acraea Butterfly is yellowish-brown, whereas the female ones have a dull ground color upperside. One fore wing of the male Acraea Butterfly has an oblique black mark in cell, and the other forewing is uneven, oblique and wider at the disco-cellulars. The higher four spots of the discal series of the males are inclined diagonally outwards, the lower two diagonally inwards. The back wing of the male Acraea Butterfly has a base sequence of four or five black color spots, with an analogous spot away from the center of the cell and a subcostal black color spot above it, trailed by a discal series of vague black color spots and a miniature postdiscal black color dot in the interspaces.
Usually, front and back wings of the female Acraea Butterfly are larger than the male ones, with the black color spots. The upper discal spots of these female butterflies habitually coalescing and producing an uneven oblique small band and the black color edging to top and the termen on the front wing and the black color terminal band on the back wing are proportionately wider, with the spots traversing the latter bigger and whitish.
The underside of the male Acraea Butterfly is ochraceous yellow or a pale yellowish-brown in color. The top of their front wing is pale to white in color, with the black color markings similar to its upper side, but rather blurred and spread.
The underside of the female Acraea Butterfly is much duller and paler, with markings like on the upperside, and similar to that of the male butterfly. The spots on their hind wing are better defined than on their upperside.
The Acraea Butterfly displays an oily and foul yellow fluid when handled and it is inedible to birds and to nearly all insects. They are well secluded and have a sluggish and weak flight, habitually visiting flowers and are effortlessly netted.
The female Acraea Butterfly features a copulatory plug that is formed subsequent to a mating session. After male Acraea Butterfly produce the spermatophore, they pass an extra gland secretion, which spills out of the copulatory opening of the female butterfly, shaping a mating plug that solidifies within some hours of copulation for the reason of preventing the female butterfly from further mating. The female Acraea Butterfly lays eggs in groups and the larvae are somewhat small, of virtually equal thickness all over, having split spines on every segment.
Acraea Butterfly are insects. A Acraea Butterfly is a herbivore; Meaning that as a caterpillar its first food is its own eggshell and than it will eat the leaves of the plant on which it is hatched. When it becomes a butterfly, it will feed mostly on nectar from flowers, rotting fruit and water with a "proboscis" - a long narrow tube in their mouth that looks like a straw.
Life cycle of a Acraea Butterfly comes in four stages, egg, larva "caterpillars", pupa "chrysalis" and adult Butterfly.
A Acraea Butterfly will attach its eggs to leaves with a special glue.
When Acraea caterpillars become fully grown they will attach to an appropriate leaf or small branch, than they will shed the outside layer of their skin and a hard skin underneath known as a "chrysalis" will be their new look
An adult Acraea Butterfly will come out from the "chrysalis" than it waits a few hours for its wings to dry and fill with blood, before it takes its first flight.
Acraea Butterfly can see yellow, green, and red. An adult Acraea Butterfly average life span is from a week to a year
The top flight speed of a Acraea Butterfly is 12 miles per hour (19 Km/ph) and some moths can fly up to 25 miles per hour (40 Km/ph).
A Acraea Butterfly is cold-blooded, which means the body temperature is not regulated on its own. A Acraea Butterfly can't fly or eat if their body temperature is below 82 degrees fah (28 cel). Acraea Butterfly are often basking in the sun with their wings open to gain heat and than the veins in the wings carry the heat to the body.
A Acraea Butterfly has sense organ, on their feet or tarsi, for tasting
The estimate is between 15000 and 20000 different species of butterfly.
A Acraea Butterfly has a small body, made up of three parts – the head, abdomen and thorax. A Acraea Butterfly has two large eyes, which are made up of many small parts which are called "compound eyes".
A Acraea Butterfly has two antenna's on the top of their heads, which they use to smell, hear and feel. A Acraea Butterfly mouth is a long tube a "proboscis" - a long narrow tube in their mouth that looks like a straw when its done eating, it rolls the tube back up.
A Acraea Butterfly has three pairs of legs and their feet have little claws that help them stand on flowers. The Acraea Butterfly wings are made up of hard tubes that are covered with a thin tissue. The Acraea Butterfly wings are covered with fine dusty like scales. A Acraea Butterfly has four brightly colored wings having distinctive patterns made up of tiny scales. The bright patterns scales sometimes have hidden ultraviolet patterns for attracting mates. The bright colors are also used as camouflage to hide them or scare off predictors.