Tawny Coster


  • Common Name : Tawny Coster
  • Scientific Name : Acraea violae (Fabricius)
  • Family : NYMPHALIDAE
  • Wingspan : 50-65mm
  • Colour : Tawny-orange, with black cell streaks and darkened veins.
  • Habit : Common throughout India. It is a frequent visitor to gardens where it can be seen fluttering from flower to flower. Birds and lizards ignore this slow-flying butterfly, for even slighest touch brings forth an oily, smelly liquid from its glands
  • Larval Host Plants : Passiflora foetida, Passiflora edulis, Passiflora subpeltata etc.
  • Location : Throughout West Bengal