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Brush-footed Butterflies

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The reduction of the front pair of legs to brush-like appendages, which are not used in walking, is a character of adult Danaidae and Nymphalidae. Eggs of Nymphalidae are usually barrel-shaped and ribbed, with intricate surface sculpture, although sometimes, as in Memphis, they are spherical and smooth. All nymphalid larvae feed on dicotyledons, unlike the grass-feeding larvae of Satyridae, and they are nearly always clothed with black, branched spines and sometimes other processes and filaments as well. This chapter discusses different types of brush-footed butterflies (Nymphalidae) such as Cuban Red Leaf Butterfly, Antillean Ruddy Daggerwing, Haitian Cracker, Click Butterfly, Mangrove Buckeye and White Peacock. For each type, it provides information on recognition, subspecies, species' range, Cayman Islands distribution, habitat, history and biology. The chapter also talks about other types of butterflies such as Caribbean Buckeye, Tropical, Malachite, Crescent Spot and Painted Lady butterflies.

Keywords: brush-footed butterflies; Caribbean Buckeye; Cayman Islands; Nymphalidae



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