Ugandan Butterflies Podcast: Extras

Learn more about the Abisara neavei and other butterfiles here:


Abisara neavei belongs to a family of butterflies called the Riodinidae found all around the world. These butterflies are known by the common name “metalmark” because of metallic spots on their wings.

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Metalmark butterflies are known for having unusually shaped eggs that resemble soccer balls, crowns—even ornate pastries.

Caterpillars have many means of defense besides painful spines or hairs that cover the bodies of many species. Some are toxic, or pretend to be; others do their best to resemble something else, like a viper or a bird dropping.

Climate change is affecting butterflies all over the world. One alpine butterfly, Parnassius smintheus, adapted to high mountain meadows in Canada and the Northern U.S., is being threatened by encroaching forests.

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