Medium sized butterfly with a wing span 3 3/4 inches. The upperside is orange with three thin black lines. The underside is mottled brown and black, resembling a dead leaf. The tip of the forewing is elongated and the hindwing has long dagger-like tails.
Peninsular Florida, West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; strays into southwestern and central United States.
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
All year in South Florida, but mostly May - July.
Hammocks and hammock edges.
Native larval host plants include the two native figs: short-leaf fig (Ficus citrifolia) and strangler fig (Ficus aurea). Larvae also feed on the nonnative common fig (Ficus carica) and probably other nonnative figs.
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2016. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.