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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Images 1, 5, contributed by U.K
photographer Steve Oddy.
Also known as the Jazzy Leafwing or the Marbled Leafwing Butterfly
After mating the female lays her small round eggs individually on the host plant. The larvae construct a silk enclosure which is used as a resting spot and a safe perch from which they feed. During the final molt of the larvae the chrysalis is formed.
While the Silver Studded Leafwing is considered to be somewhat rare, there have been a few documented occasions of localized population explosions, where large numbers were observed flying through urban areas.
This butterfly is on a Cuban stamp with a face value of ¢13.
* There are currently eight known subspecies of the Silver Studded Leafwing butterfly.
Avg. Wingspan: 80 - 11O mm / 3.15 - 4.33 "
Diet: caterpillars feed on Croton floribundus.
Diet: adults feed on rotting fruits.
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera
* Being Brush-footed butterflies, Leafwings 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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