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  • Acraea anemosa
  • Broad Bordered Acraea
  • Nymphalidae
  • Modecca abyssinica, Adenia, Vitis
  • Central & South America, Africa
  • Adults can be found nectaring on a variety of flowers.
  • The Broad Bordered Acraea prefer the eastern savannah and open forest but on occasion they can be found in wetter more dense forest.
  • Males patrol the habitat looking for females. During mating the male places a sphragis, or seal, on the females abdomen to ensure the female only mates once. After mating the female lays her eggs in clusters on the host plant until they form their chrysalis.
  • Flights occur when there are favorable conditions in the habitat so times may vary depending on weather.
  • Since not all host plants carry cyanogenic compounds but all individuals do posses some cyanide in their system. It is believed that the Broad Bordered Acraea actually synthesize their own cyanide metabolically. This is a much different system from the Monarch (Danaus plexippus), which must eat milkweed in order to be distasteful.