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Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii)
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Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii [Geyer])

Wing span: 2 7/8 - 3 1/4 inches (7.3 - 8.3 cm).

Identification: Antennae are long and orange, wings are translucent pale orange. Forewing has dark inner margin and veins. Hindwing has narrow, black outer margin.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: All year in Central America.

Caterpillar hosts: Various Solanum species.

Adult food: Flower nectar, bird droppings, and probably other non-floral resources.

Habitat: Wide variety of tropical forest and second-growth habitats.

Range: Mexico south to Panama. Extremely rare vagrant to South Texas.

Conservation: Has not been seen in Florida since the last century.

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.


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.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii)
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