Creamy Stripe-streak (Arawacus jada [Hewitson])
Wing span: Not reported.
Identification: Upperside pale blue with black edges. Underside white with cream-colored bands.
Life history: Caterpillars eat leaves of the host plants.
Flight: Many flights throughout the year in Mexico.
Caterpillar hosts: Solanum umbellatum in the potato family (Solanaceae).
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open areas of the subtropics.
Range: Central America north through Mexico. Rare stray into southern Arizona.
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.
Bailowitz, R. A., and J. P. Brock. 1991. Butterflies of southeastern Arizona. Sonoran Arthropod Studies, Inc., Tucson, Arizona. 342 pages. Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates. Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 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.