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Acanthaceae Butterflies

Acanthaceae are host plants to many butterfly caterpillars, and provide nectar flowers that attract many butterflies. Caterpillar foodplant to:

  • Hypolimnas misippus – Diadem
  • Salamis anacardii – Clouded Mother of Pearl
  • Junonia orithya – Eyed Pansy
  • Junonia hierta – Yellow Pansy
  • Junonia oenone – Blue Pansy
  • Junonia natalica – Natal Pansy
  • Catacroptera cloanthe – Pirate
  • Eretis umbra – Small Marbled Elf
  • Sarangesa phidyle – Small Elfin

(Note: some of these butterflies also feed on other families)


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