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  • Acraea eponina
  • Orange Acraea
  • Nymphalidae
  • Hibiscus, Sida, Nicotiana, Hermannia, Triumfetta
  • Africa
  • The adults can be found nectaring on a variety of plants with small flowers.
  • The Orange Acraea can be found in woodland margins and marshy areas.
  • After mating the females lay large groups of eggs on the leaves of the host plants. The caterpillars feed gregariously and remain on the hostplants until pupation.
  • There are several generations per year but the adults are more commonly seen during the warmer months.
  • The caterpillars are major defoliators of jute crops in Africa. Studies show that each female butterfly lays an average of 234 eggs.