No Common Name (Siproeta epaphus [Latreille]).
Identification: Upperside: Brown base of forewing is separated from red-orange on the outer half by a cream-colored median band. Hindwing is brown with a cream-colored submarginal band.
Life history: Eggs are laid in groups on new leaves of young plants.
Flight: All year in tropical habitats.
Caterpillar hosts: Blechum and Ruellia in the Acanthus family.
Adult food: Nectar from Croton, Cordia, Impatiens, Lantana, and Stachytarpheta; also rotting fruit, dung, and carrion.
Habitat: Wet subtropical forests, edges, and rivers.
Range: Peru north through Central America to Mexico.
Conservation: Not required for a rare stray.
Management needs: None reported.
DeVries, P. J. 1987. The butterflies of Costa Rica and their natural history. Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. 327 pages, 50 color plates.
Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Ferris, C.D. and F.M. Brown. 1980. Butterflies of the Rocky Mountain States. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman. 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. Tilden, J.W. and A.C. Smith. 1986. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Add Toliver, M., Holland, R., and S.J. Cary. 1996. Distributional data for New Mexico Butterflies. Privately published. Albuquerque, N.M.