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Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa (incl. stupenda))
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Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa Linnaeus)

Wing span: 3 3/8 - 3 1/2 inches (8.6 - 8.9 cm).

Identification: Male upperside bright orange with heavy black stripes; female duller with blurred black stripes.

Life history: Eggs are laid singly on stems and leaves of host plants. Caterpillars chew slots into the leaves. Adults roost in small groups on grass.

Flight: July and December in Texas, all year in the tropics.

Caterpillar hosts: Various species of passion-vine (Passiflora and Tetrastylis).

Adult food: Flower nectar and bird droppings.

Habitat: Lowland tropical fields and open areas.

Range: Brazil north through Central America to central Mexico. Rare vagrant to Kansas and Texas.

Conservation: Not necessary for 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

Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa (incl. stupenda))
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