The Malay Lacewing is a very pretty butterfly. It is bright orange-red above with broad black borders. The wings are scalloped, giving the hindwings an almost sawtooth-like appearance. The undersides are orange-red with white fasciae and are spotted with black forming an intricate pattern which probably gives the origin of its name "Lacewing".
Habitat & Habits
The butterfly is quite common in the nature reserves and can be found fluttering around flowering bushes like Prickly Lantana (Lantana camara) and the Snakeweed (Stachytarpheta indica) as shown in the photos.
The wine red caterpillar has long spines and is known to feed on Passion Fruit vine (Adenia spp.).
To be detailed.
See Butterflycircle's blog article - Life History of the Malay Lacewing.
Butterfly of the Month - December 2007
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