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Butterflies of Northern Mexico -- Eurema dina

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Butterflies of Northern Mexico

Dina Yellow (Eurema dina)
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Dina Yellow (Eurema dina [Poey])

Wing span: 1 1/4 - 2 1/4 inches (3.2 - 5.7 cm).

Identification: Male orange-yellow with very narrow black border on outer and costal margins of forewing. Female yellow with black at forewing tip. Underside of both sexes with three black spots on hindwing. Wet-season (summer) form paler colored.

Life history: Females lay many eggs on the same host plant.

Flight: Throughout the year in southern Florida. Strays into South Texas in November and southern Arizona in October.

Caterpillar hosts: Mexican alvaradoa (Alvaradoa amorphoides) in Florida, bitterbush (Picramnia) in Central America; both in simarouba family.

Adult food: In Central America this butterfly nectars at Lantana, Asclepias, and small-flowered Asteraceae.

Habitat: Forest edges, brushy fields, open forest.

Range: Panama north to southern Florida. Regularly visits south Texas and southeast Arizona.

Conservation: Not usually required. Avoid development of habitats in south Florida.

Management needs: Avoid mosquito fogging of habitats. Maintain proper successional stages.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

References:

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 G. O. Krizek. 1984. Butterflies east of the  Great Plains. 
     Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 294 pages, 54 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.

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.
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