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Cethosia cydippe

(Red Lacewing)




Cethosia cydippe

Common name

Red Lacewing

Main colour

Red and black

Distinctive features

Wingspan 78/78 mm; outer margins scalloped




The chief host plant is a vine in the Passifloraceae, Adenia heterophylla, usually found on edges of rainforest and in gallery forests. The mature larvae are black with yellow transverse bands, there are long tapering spines on each segment; head shining black with 2 long thin spines. Adults brilliant red on the upper surface with broad black margins, some white bands towards apes of fore wing, hind wing with a faint white terminal line. Lower surface brown, orange-red basal area with some black markings and spots.