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Aztec Scallopwing (Staphylus azteca)

Aztec Scallopwing (Staphylus azteca)

Wing span: Not reported.

Identification: Hindwing margins are somewhat scalloped. Upperside is black with 2 dark bands on each wing; forewing has a few very small white dots near the apex.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: Many flights from March-September in Mexico.

Caterpillar hosts: Celosia nitida and Achyranthes aspera in the pigweed family (Amaranthaceae).

Adult food: Presumably flower nectar.

Habitat: Tropical and subtropical.

Range: Mexico south to Brazil. One stray female was caught in west Texas in June but may be a misidentified Staphylus mazans.

Conservation: Not necessary for a rare stray.

Management needs: None reported.


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

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Aztec Scallopwing (Staphylus azteca)
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