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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pardopsis punctatissima



Aptly called the Polka Dot; and just as aptly, the scientific name: "most spotted and looking like a leopard".
Thr TS was Acraea punctatissima (Boisduval 1833), and it is related to the Acraeas (Heliconiinae.) It was then revised by Boisduval (1887) to a new genus, Pardopsis, which is monotypic.
I thought it was rather uncommon here until we moved to Hilton. One year here we found a fairly large brood.
This butterfly has a remarkable aposematic resemblance to out Cycad Looper moth.
 

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