Attributes of Epiphile adrasta

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Epiphile adrasta Hewitson, 1861

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Both sexes with squared-off forewing tip. Female upperside: forewing is brown with a cream median band and a cream spot at apex, orange wing base and tip; hindwing is orange with brown on upper part of the outer margin. Male upperside has alternating orange and black bands. Undersides of both sexes are mottled brown, resembling bark.
Wing Span: 2 1/4 - 2 5/8 inches (5.7 - 6.7 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly under mature host plant leaves. Caterpillars rest on a platform made of a leaf vein with dung and silk attached to it. Caterpillars strike with their horns when disturbed, and can puncture another caterpillar. Chrysalids when disturbed can move the abdomen to make creaking sounds.
Flight: All year in Mexico, October in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Vines in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae).
Adult Food: Sap, rotting fruit, and dung.
Habitat: Tropical rain and cloud forests.
Range: Panama north through Central America to Mexico. A rare stray to South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
NCGR: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 08, 2013 iusaev bas serool Guatemala, Guatemala October 28, 2013 Details
October 07, 2010 Doug Taron Veracruz-Llave, Mexico January 07, 2013 Details
June 17, 2012 John van Dort Francisco Morazán, Honduras June 17, 2012 Details
September 27, 2009 Roselvy Juárez Santa Ana, El Salvador June 16, 2012 Details
June 06, 2012 John van Dort Francisco Morazán, Honduras June 06, 2012 Details
October 17, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sinaloa, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Nuevo Leon, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tamaulipas, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, Starr County, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Texas, United States, Willacy County December 31, 2004 Details