Costa-spotted Mimic-White (Enantia albania)
Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 3 cm).
Identification: Small; forewing smaller than hindwing. Upperside of male yellow; female pale yellow to white with black at apex and outer margin.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Long period in Mexico; September in south Texas.
Caterpillar hosts: Probably in pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult food: Flower nectar and bird droppings in forest understory.
Habitat: Low- to mid-elevation tropical forests, coffee plantations.
Range: Tropical Mexico; rare stray (only 2 records) to Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
Management needs: None reported.
DeVries, P. J. 1987. The butterflies of Costa Rica and their natural history. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 327 pages, 50 color plates. 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.