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An Insect on an okra leaf

Okra    Nigeria

Hello once again, good day over there. At my okra plantation site I have noticed this Insect on the okra leaf. Please what is the type of this Insect its benefits or side effects on my plantation?


Posted by: LAWAL ALIYU KOKO (1 point) LAWAL ALIYU KOKO
Posted: October 31, 2017

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The insect look like skipper (butterfly) belong to family Hesperiidae, of the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). The adult butterflies are beneficial, particularly helps in pollination. They feed on nectar and can be seen nectaring on a variety of flowers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipper...


Posted by: Dr. Ravishankar Narayana (134 points) Dr. Ravishankar Narayana
Posted: November 2, 2017

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LAWAL ALIYU KOKO commented,
Thank you very much Dr. for the answer.
8 months ago.



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The butterfly displayed is in fact Acraea serena (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). The larvae are polyphagous and able to develop on a range of host plants including Solanaceae: Nicotiana tabacum. Sterculiaceae: Corchorus sp., Dombeya sp., Hermannia sp., Melochia melissifolia, Waltheria indica, Tiliaceae: Tilia cordata, Triumfetta annua, Triumferra brachycerus, Triumfetta glechomoides, Triumfetta pilosa, Triumfetta rhomboidea, Verbenaceae: Gmelina arbora, Tectona grandis.


Posted by: Georg Goergen (1 point) Georg Goergen
Posted: June 26, 2018

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