Amauris are poisonous butterflies widespread in Africa. Their caterpillars feed on poisonous plants and assimilate toxic substances that protect them even in their adult stage. Predators recognize and learn to avoid them by their black and white colouration. Many non poisonous butterflies mimic the Amauris colouration to take advantage of their ‘bad reputation’ (Batesian mimicry).

origin: Tropical Africa