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White Peacock
Anartia jatrophae
Nymphalidae

Description:
Medium sized butterfly with a wing span to 2 3/4 inches. The uppersides of the wings are white in color with light brown markings and a double row of light crescents at the margins. The forewing has one round black spot, the hindwing two. The winter form is larger and paler, the summer form is smaller and darker.
Range:
Peninsular Florida, southern Texas, West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America; a rare wanderer to the north in the United States.
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
All year in South Florida.
Habitat(s):
Wet prairies and open, disturbed sites.
Reproduction:
The eggs are laid singly under the leaves of the host plant or nearby.
Food:
Caterpillars feed on the leaves of host plants. Native larval host plants include the wildflowers frog fruit (Phyla nodiflora) and water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri). The adults feed on nectar from the weedy native wildflower Spanish-needles (Bidens alba var. radiata).
Comments:
For more information and an image, visit the Butterflies and Moths of North America website.


 


Archie Edwards
Archie Edwards
Erin Backus
Erin Backus
Caterpillar feeding on Bacopa monnieri