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Image contributed by U.K
photographer Michael Godfrey
Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
The forewings appear bright red for the male or almost completely glassy for the female. The hindwings appear grey, and often semi - transparent with a red spotted edge band.
The red marginal spots appear next to sharply defined black dots with all dots being distinct.
The base ventral wing color is white for both sexes.
The dorsal side wing in the male is bright red, in the female it is a shade of white.
The preferred habitat of the Madagascar Clearwing Coster, (Acraea ranavalona) is forested.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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