Choretrum glomeratum, foodplant of Ogyris otanes.
The plant on the right is about 1 m high.
The burnt looking plant on the left is a foodhost for larvae of Ogyris otanes.
A close-up view of the above burnt looking Choretrum glomeratum, showing the 'brown burnt' scoring marks left by feeding larvae of Ogyris otanes. A fruit of the plant occurs centre left and is about 5 mm long.
A very low group of cropped Choretrum glomeratum bushes, about 35 cm high, containing a colony of Ogyris otanes noticeable by the scoring of the central bush
A large soldier ant of Camponotus terebrans attending a first instar larva. The larva is 2 mm long.
Ogyris otanes larva, head on the right, attended by a large soldier ant of Camponotus terebrans.
This larva is not fully grown and exhibits the greenish colour of the younger larvae.
Ogyris otanes larva, head on the right, attended by a large soldier ant of Camponotus terebrans, also showing the well developed, extendible rear, dorso-lateral organs.
These organs emit pheromone chemicals which are believed to be an attentive warning signal to the attendant ants.
Fully mature Ogyris otanes larva, head on the left, attended by a worker ant of Camponotus terebrans
Mature larva attended by large sugar-ant workers
Brown marks on foodplant are due to cuticle scouring by the larva during the eating process.
All photography by R. Grund unless stated otherwise.