De rerum: an acknowlegement and explanation.
INDEX: Linnaean

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Acraea natalica

The Natal Acraea. The top picture was of a boldly coloured male from Cumberland, approaching the WSF f. umbrata. The next two pictures were from Bisley NR, a male and a female keeping each other company. The first a male DSF f. albiventris, the next a female.The males of this group of acraeas can be distinguished from the females in having an orange posterior abdomen. At the bottom is the underside of a female found in the KZN-NBG.
Its status has remained unchanged since its original description: A.natalica Boisduval 1847.
The food plants, as in many of our acraeas, include the Passifloraceae (Granadilla family.)

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