In Malawi this could be the first time to have carnivorous butterfly hence fears that the insect kills humans but an entomologist has dismissed the fears arguing the butterfly is a predator of other insects.
Entomologist Tonny Harris Maulana has dismissed fears that the carnivorous butterflies that are reported to be in the country kill people when consumed.
Reports stormed social media that the butterfly with monkey like face is dangerous to human life.
This raised fears among people with others shunning to buy vegetables for fear of consuming the butterfly, while others nicknamed it as “satanic pest”.
But Maulana has dismissed the fears arguing the pests eat other insects and are not dangerous to people.
“It is a predator of other pests like aphids, in America it was identified as only carnivorous butterfly, the larvae of this butterfly eats other insects,” said Maulana.
Carnivorous butterfly is under the group of Feniseca tarquinius. It was reported to be found in North America and other European countries.