Chin’s Butterfly Gallery
CHIN'S BUTTERFLY GALLERY ~ LIFE HISTORY ~ THE TAWNY COSTER
The Tawny Coster
THE TAWNY COSTER (Acraea terpsicore, previously A. violae) is a recent migrant to the southern parts of Peninsular Malaysia. (See my story "The Tawny Coster comes to the Klang Valley".) This species appears to be now common in these parts due to the abundance of its larval food plants. The caterpillars feed on several species of Passifloraceae, including Passiflora subrosa and P. foetida, which grow profusely as weeds on neglected land and scrub. These climbing plants are invasive species which spread very fast because their seeds are spread by birds which eat the fruit. The Tawny Coster's southward migration from Thailand and the northern states of Perlis and Penang have since continued into Singapore where this butterfly is now consider a permanent resident species, and into Indonesia and the northern parts of Australia.
The Tawny Coster
The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore, formerly A. violae), male. © Chin Fah Shin.
Tawny Coster, mating pair Tawny Coster caterpillars Tawny Coster caterpillar Tawy Coster pupa Tawny Coster starting to emerge
Tawy Coster emerging Emerging Tawny Coster Emerging Tawny Coster Emerging Tawny Coster and bug Emerging Tawny Coster, wings fully expanded
THIS PAGE REVISED ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2018. COPYRIGHT © Chin Fah Shin.