Banded Patch (Chlosyne endeis [Godman & Salvin])
Wing span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3 - 3.9 cm).
Identification: Underside of forewing is orange; outer half is black with cream white spots. Underside of hindwing has red-orange bands separated by a black-bordered, cream white marginal band.
Life history: Eggs are laid in clusters under the leaves of host plants.
Flight: Many broods from March-December in Mexico.
Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical thorn forest and chaparral.
Range: Southern Mexico north to South Texas (rarely). A rare stray to central Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for rare tropical stray.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management needs: None reported.
Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern butterflies. Peterson field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 396 pages, 48 color plates. Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.
Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. Privately published, Denver, Colo.