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Rosita Patch (Chlosyne rosita)
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Rosita Patch (Chlosyne rosita Hall)

Wing span: 1 7/16 - 1 11/16 inches (3.7 - 5 cm).

Identification: Both surfaces of forewing are black with white spots. Upperside of hindwing is black; basal patch is red-orange with yellow at the base.

Life history: Eggs are laid on the underside of host plant leaves.

Flight: Many flights, throughout most of the year, in South Texas.

Caterpillar hosts: Several plants in the acanthus family.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Subtropical forest openings.

Range: El Salvador north to Mexico. Periodic colonist in the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas; rare stray to northern Texas and southeastern Arizona.

Conservation: Not usually required.

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: Provide host plant patches in refuges and parks along the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.


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.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Rosita Patch (Chlosyne rosita)
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