Red-spotted Patch (Chlosyne marina)
Wing span: 1 5/16 - 1 3/8 inches (3.3 - 3.5 cm).
Identification: Upperside black. Forewing has white-to-yellowish spots; hindwing has an irregular yellow patch and a red submarginal band.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Late October in South Texas, most of the year in Mexico.
Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Openings in desert and subtropical thorn scrub.
Range: Mexico. Rare stray to southern Arizona and South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare 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.