- Acraea serena
Acraea serena Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Tribe: Acraeini Genus: Acraea Species: A. serena Binomial name Acraea serena
Papilio serena Fabricius, 1775
Hyalites serena (Fabricius, 1775)
Telchinia serena (Fabricius, 1775)
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This is the type species of the old genus Telchinia, which may warrant re-separation from Acraea. However, it might in fact be too close a relative of the type species of Acraea (Garden Acraea, A. horta) to warrant such a move. Formerly, A. serena was often misidentified as Acraea eponina (Small Orange Acraea) or Acraea terpsicore (Tawny Coaster).
It is very likely that the butterfly's black-spotted orange markings are a sign of unpalatability and it may well form part of a mimicry ring with Erikssonia edgei.
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