Astarte eighty-eight butterfly


Astarte eighty-eight butterfly

Callicore astarte

Bolivia

Z.1985.53.124

The beautiful red and black wings help these butterflies warn predators such as birds that they will taste nasty, so most birds learn to avoid them.

Where can you see them? From Mexico, down to Brazil and across to Trinidad.

What do they eat? Their caterpillars probably eat the leaves of Sapindaceae - soapberry trees.

Are they endangered? Unfortunately these beautiful butterflies are killed in vast numbers for their beautiful wings, which are used to produce decorative items for the souvenir trade. 

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