Southern Broken-Dash
Wallengrenia otho

Small butterfly measuring up to 1 3/8" in length. The upperside of the male is brown in color with a few orange or red-oranges patches and a two-part black stigma (the "broken dash"). The female is dark brown with pale orange spots. The underside is orange or red-orange and has a band of pale spots.
North America, West Indies, Central America, South America
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
Openings near wooded rivers or swamps.
Eggs are laid on or near the host plants.
Natural History:
Caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants. Larval host plants include: Blue paspalum (Paspalum caespitosum) and St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum). Nectar plants include: Spanish-needles (Bidens alba var. radiata), Silver sea-oxeye-daisy (Borrichia frutescens), Smooth strongback (Bourreria succulenta), Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum), Leavenworth's tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii), Narrowleaf yellowtops (Flaveria linearis), Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), Yellowroot (Morinda royoc), Florida Keys blackbead (Pithecellobium keyense), Mexican flamevine (Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides), and Brazilian-pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius).
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Beryn Harty
Beryn Harty
Beryn Harty