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Tailed Aguna (Aguna metophis)
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Tailed Aguna (Aguna metophis Evans)

Wing span: 1 7/16 - 1 7/8 inches (3.7 - 4.8 cm).

Identification: Wings are brown; hindwings are tailed. Wing bases are blue-green on the upperside. Underside of hindwing has a narrow white median band which is blurred along its outer edge.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: August-November in South Texas, all year in Mexico.

Caterpillar hosts: In Mexico, Bauhinia mexicana in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Tropical thorn scrub.

Range: Southern Brazil north through Central America to Mexico. Regularly strays to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Conservation: Not necessary for a rare stray.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may 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.

Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, 
     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Tailed Aguna (Aguna metophis)
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