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Butterflies of North America -- Pellicia arina

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Glazed Pellicia (Pellicia arina)
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Glazed Pellicia (Pellicia arina Evans)

Wing span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm).

Identification: Forewings are pointed. Wings are black; upperside has an iridescent purple sheen and faint mottling.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: March-April and June-December in South Texas; July and October-February in Mexico and Central America.

Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.

Adult food: Probably flower nectar.

Habitat: Forest edges and trails.

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

Conservation: Not necessary for a periodic stray.

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:

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

Glazed Pellicia (Pellicia arina)
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