Looking at this butterfly you would not be able to guess that this was the thing inside the chrysalis I shared in my previous post. Butterflies are so different throughout their life time. Spiney looking dark catarpillar develops into a very beautiful whitish pupa and then the butterfly coming out of this is so yellow in colour. This is diversity of shapes and colours within the species.
''Acraea issoria'', the yellow coster, is a small, leathery-winged butterfly. This species of the subgenus and the tawny coster ''terpsicore'') with its sister species ''moluccana'') and ''meyeri'') of the nominotypical subgenus, are the only Asiatic representatives of the predominantly African subfamily Acraeinae.
According to George Talbot the race ''anomala'' is found in the western Himalayas while the nominate form is from the eastern Himalayas.