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Butterflies of North America -- Staphylus mazans

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Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
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Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans [Reakirt])

Wing span: 1 - 1 3/16 inches (2.5 - 3 cm).

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

Life history: Caterpillars eat leaves of the host plants.

Flight: Many flights throughout the year in South Texas.

Caterpillar hosts: Lambsquarters (Chenopodium) in the goosefoot family (Chenopodiaceae), and amaranth (Amaranthus) in the pigweed family (Amaranthaceae).

Adult food: Not reported.

Habitat: Weedy areas in parks, small clearings and edges in tropical woodlands.

Range: Central Texas south to Veracruz, Mexico.

Conservation: Not usually required.

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.

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

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
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