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Acraea butterfly from Nairobi, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This butterfly was observed in Nairobi near the National Museum, Kenya, March 2013.

An African Acraea Butterfly, Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, photo © Michael Plagens Acraea butterlies feed on toxic plants as larvae (caterpillar) and retain the chemicals in their bodies so that as nectar-feeding adults they are avoided by birds and other insectivores. Many are brightly colored with reds, yellows and orange - aposomatic colors. Black and white is also a common warning pattern used by a wide range of animals.

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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