No Common Name (Siproeta epaphus [Latreille]).
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.
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