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Butterflies of North America -- Adelpha fessonia

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Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
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Mexican Sister (Adelpha fessonia [Hewitson])

Wing span: 2 3/16 - 2 3/4 inches (5.6 - 7 cm).

Identification: Upperside is dark brown with an orange forewing apex. White median band across both wings reaches the forewing leading edge.

Life history: Males perch in light gaps, along forest edges, or in the canopy. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of host plants in light gaps and forest edges.

Flight: March-April and July-December in Texas, March-November in Mexico and Central America, perhaps all year in Costa Rica.

Caterpillar hosts: Hackberry Celtis lindheimeri in Texas.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers such as Cordia, Croton, and Baccharis; decaying fruit.

Habitat: Forest edges and trails near streams.

Range: Panama north through Central America to Mexico. A periodic resident in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Conservation: Not required for rare stray and infrequent resident.

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.

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.

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

Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
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