Behaviour and natural history of <i>Greta oto </i>in captivity (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae).

  • S. K. Hall
Keywords: Apocynaceae, breeding, Buddlejaceae, butterfly house, captivity, Central America, Coccidae, Compositae, courtship, egg, Homoptera, immature stages, larva, Neotropical, oviposition, Papilionidae, pupa, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, Rubiaceae, Solanaceae, Verbenaceae

Abstract

The life cycle of Greta oto (Hewitson) (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) and the suitability of various foodplants are described. Its behaviour in captiviy is discussed. The ability of this species and other butterflies to display apparently natural behaviour and breed in a small greenhouse emphasises the value of captive populations for behavioural research as well as for public exhibition.
Published
1996-11-01
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Articles