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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Also known as the Brown Page butterfly
The Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus), also known as the Brown Page, is a New World butterfly that lives all year in tropical habitats.
It has large wings (3 inches) that are black in the inner portion of the top surface and brown throughout the underside.
* Rusty Tipped Pages are found exclusively at elevations above 1,000 ft.
* There are currently three known sub-species of this butterfly.
Avg. Wingspan: 7 - 7.5 cm / 2.8 - 3 "
Diet: adults sip nectar from Croton, Cordia, Impatiens, Lantana, and Stachytarpheta; also rotting fruit, dung, and carrion.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera
* Being Brush-footed butterflies, Red Admirals have a short pair of fore legs that are used to taste food, and two pairs of longer rear legs that are used for propulsion.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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