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Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus)
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No Common Name (Siproeta epaphus [Latreille]).

Wing span:

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.

References:


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

Rusty-tipped Page (Siproeta epaphus)
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