Cethosia biblis: Red Lacewing butterfly

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Cethosia biblis is medium-sized butterfly, with a wingspan reaching about 8–9 centimetres [3.1–3.5 in].

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^ Male speciment.

In this species the sexes are dimorphic. In males the dorsal sides of the wings are bright orange-red, framed by a black outline with white spots. The undersides range from bright red to pale brown, interlaced by black and white. This astonishing pattern helps to disguise the shape of the butterfly, while the intense color of the dorsal sides of the wings is a warning to predators that the Red Lacewing has a bad taste, deriving from the poisonous host plants of the caterpillars.

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^ Female speciment.

The dorsal sides of the wings of the females are grayish-brownish with black spots and white bands and spots on the black margins.

Photos: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA. [20120808]

Source: Wikipedia

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