The Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) is found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand. It is mainly seen during mansoons and rarely seen during dummer. It is common in grassland and scrub habitats. Tawny (Anglo-French tané) is of an orange-brown or yellowish-brown colour. Acraea terpsicore is the Indian representative of the African Acraeini. The males of Tawny Coster are deep Orange(Tawny) while the females are lighter in shade. The Tawny Coster is a small butterfly about 2.0 to 2.5 inches in size. It has a weak flight. It has been recorded at heights of up to 7,000 ft. Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) has developed a defense mechanism to make it less edible it has some smelly oily substance on its skin. Usually the host plant of Tawny Coster or Acraea terpsicore is Passiflora See links Plants and Flowers of India Passiflora Incarnata see also Passion Flower and Butterflies the Gulf Fritillary it also lays eggs on Turnera Ulmifolia The eggs are deposited in batches of 20/50/100. The eggs hatch in about 7 days. For about 10 days the larvae feed on leaves and other food. Then they pupate. The pupal stage is for about 6 days. And then the butterfly emerges. Photo taken in Pune plant: Passiflora Incarnata Butterfly Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore)
Found in: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand.
Color: Orange, Tawny
Looks Similar to : Yellow Coster (Acraea issoria) , Acraeini (African)
Egg hatching time: 7 Days
Larvae feeding time: 10 days
Pupal Stage: 6 Days