Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii [Geyer])
Wing span: 2 7/8 - 3 1/4 inches (7.3 - 8.3 cm).
Identification: Antennae are long and orange, wings are translucent pale orange. Forewing has dark inner margin and veins. Hindwing has narrow, black outer margin.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: All year in Central America.
Caterpillar hosts: Various Solanum species.
Adult food: Flower nectar, bird droppings, and probably other non-floral resources.
Habitat: Wide variety of tropical forest and second-growth habitats.
Range: Mexico south to Panama. Extremely rare vagrant to South Texas.
Conservation: Has not been seen in Florida since the last century.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: None reported.
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.
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.