A colourful new Australian reaches Talaroo: the Tawny Coster butterfly, Acraea terpsicore.

Franklin, Donald C., Morrison, Scott C., and Wilson, Gary W. (2017) A colourful new Australian reaches Talaroo: the Tawny Coster butterfly, Acraea terpsicore. North Queensland Naturalist, 47. pp. 10-13.

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Abstract

Since being first found in Australia near Darwin in 2012, the Tawny Coster butterfly (Acraea terpsicore; Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) has spread rapidly. We report its presence at Talaroo Station between Mt Surprise and Georgetown in far north Queensland, the species being detected at six of 13 sites that were surveyed for butterflies in February 2017. More than ten individuals were present at three sites, and breeding was confirmed at one of these. Talaroo falls a little outside the predicted preference envelope for the species in being in uplands well away from the coast, and in that the vegetation is little-disturbed, prompting the notion that the Tawny Coster may be even more versatile in its occurrence than previously suggested.

Item ID: 50192
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1442-7664
Keywords: Acraea terpsicore, Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Talaroo Station, Tawny Coster butterfly
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 05:15
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960803 Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna @ 100%
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