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Butterflies of North America -- Eurema albula

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No Common Name (Eurema albula)
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No Common Name (Eurema albula [Cramer])

Wing span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.0-5.0 cm).

Identification: Pure white above with black tip to forewing.

Life history: Males patrol in heavy second growth or forest understory, usually in light openings.

Flight: All year in tropical habitats.

Caterpillar hosts: Cassias.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Tropical forests and second growth.

Range: South Texas (rare stray) south through West Indies and mainland tropical America to Brazil.

Conservation: None needed for rare tropical stray.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G-5. Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery

Management needs: None reported.

References:

DeVries, P.J. 1987. The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History, 
     Vol. 1. Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J. 327 pages.

Llorente-Bousquets, J.E., L. Onate-Ocana, A. Luis-Martinez, and I. Vargez-Fernandez. 
     1999. Papilionidae y Pieridae de Mexico: distribucion geografica e ilustracion.  
     Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, CONABIO, Mexico D.F., 226 pp.

Author: Paul A. Opler

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