The Red Lacewing, Cethosia biblis

Red Lacewing

The Red Lacewing has a wide distribution from central India and Nepal to Thailand, Malaysia, and China, and the islands of the Philippines, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Ambon and Serang. It occurs in sub-tropical forests, where adults are most active in the morning and feed on nectar. Red Lacewing caterpillars feed on passion vine (family: Passifloraceae).

The Red Lacewing has one of the most elaborate wing patterns of any butterfly. The dorsal surface is a striking bright red with black tips and edges. However, the ventral wing surface bears a complex arrangement of black, yellow, white, and pink stripes, bands, spots, and chevrons.

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