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

S. K. Hall


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.


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

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