No Common Name (Eurema albula [Cramer])
Wing span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.0-5.0 cm).
Identification: Pure white above with black tip to forewing.
Life history: Males patrol in heavy second growth or forest understory, usually in light openings.
Flight: All year in tropical habitats.
Caterpillar hosts: Cassias.
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical forests and second growth.
Range: South Texas (rare stray) south through West Indies and mainland tropical America to Brazil.
Conservation: None needed for rare tropical stray.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G-5. Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery
Management needs: None reported.
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Author: Paul A. Opler
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.