Male Striped Blue Crow Euploea mulciber butterfly feeding on the nectar of Stachytarpheta cayennensis a common invasive weed in Borneo  which originated in South America. Photo taken in the flower garden of Kipandi Butterfly Farm.

The Striped Blue Crow is a common butterfly of the forest edge in Borneo, and throughout SE Asia. The preferred hosts of the larvae are lactiferous plants  i.e. those plants which when cut produce abundant latex. All figs are lactiferous. The purpose of the latex is to clog up the mouth parts of animals including insects that eat the leaves. However the Euploea Crow  butterfly caterpillars possess an unknown mechanism to overcome the latex, and figs are  important host plants for the larvae of Euploea butterflies.

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Female Striped Blue Crow  at the  Kipandi Butterfly Farm in the Crocker Range.
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Pupal case and  larvae  of the Striped blue Crow  on Ficus racemosa in the butterfly house at Kipandi Butterfly Farm
Photographing butterflies in the flower garden at Kipandi Butterfly Farm
Kipandi  Butterfly farm is located  at 700 m above sea level on the very wet western slopes of the Crocker Range in Sabah. The  surrounding patchwork forest is very rich in  many different species of figs.

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