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Anna's Eighty-eight (Diaethria anna)

No Common Name (Diaethria anna [Guérin-Ménéville])

Wing span: Not reported.

Identification: Upperside is brown with a wide, metallic green band across the forewing. Underside of hindwing is white with a red costal margin and a black-outlined "88."

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: March-December in Mexico.

Caterpillar hosts: Tropical plants in the elm and soapberry families.

Adult food: Rotting fruit and dung.

Habitat: Wet tropical forests.

Range: Costa Rica north to Mexico. A rare stray to South Texas.

Conservation: Not required for rare stray.

Management needs: None reported.


de la Maza Ramirez, R. 1991. Mariposas Mexicanas. Fondo de Cultura Economica, 
     S. A. de C. V. Mexico, D. F. 302 pages, 67 color plates.

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:

Neck, R.W. 1996. A Field Guide to Butterflies of Texas. Gulf Publishing Co., 
     Houston, Texas.

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.
Tveten, J. and Tveten, G.  1996.  Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas.
     Univ. of Texas Press, Austin, TX.  292 pp.
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