Attributes of Eumaeus atala

Atala
Eumaeus atala (Poey, 1832)

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Theclinae
Identification: Abdomen red-orange. Upperside of male wings soft black with iridescent green overlay and markings; female has blue iridescence at basal areas. Underside dull black, hindwing with large red-orange spot and 3 rows of irregular iridescent gold spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5.1 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid in groups on upperside of leaf tips. Caterpillars feed in groups out in the open.
Flight: Many flights throughout the year, but most common in early summer.
Caterpillar Hosts: Coontie (Zamia pumila), a shrubby, fernlike native cycad of Florida and the Bahamas; several other introduced plants of the family Cycadaceae.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including lantana, periwinkle, shepherd's needle, and wild coffee.
Habitat: Subtropical shady hammocks and neighboring open areas; gardens with ornamental cycads.
Range: Southeastern Florida and the Keys, the Bahamas, and Cuba.
Conservation: Eumaeus atala florida is ranked endangered by the State of Florida; may recolonize from the Bahamas. Subspecies florida has The Nature Conservancy rank of T3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
NCGR:
Management Needs: Prevent destruction of habitats with Coontie. Control of caterpillars on ornamental cycads is sometimes necessary. Reintroduce Coontie to the Florida Keys.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 24, 2014 Cheri Pierce Martin County, Florida, United States July 25, 2014 Details
March 19, 2014 Maryabrown Palm Beach County, Florida, United States March 22, 2014 Details
February 09, 2008 joeerino Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States February 04, 2014 Details
February 01, 2012 stilwellsa Collier County, Florida, United States February 27, 2012 Details
February 01, 2012 stilwellsa Collier County, Florida, United States February 27, 2012 Details
April 08, 2008 jomarlin Palm Beach County, Florida, United States September 11, 2011 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (George H. French) Jackson County, Illinois, United States June 04, 2008 Details
January 01, 1966 legacy.reporter (professor at Mississippi State College for Women) Lowndes County, Mississippi, United States June 04, 2008 Details
September 12, 2007 legacy.reporter (Katy Roberts) Pinellas County, Florida, United States February 25, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Broward County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Martin County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Monroe County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Palm Beach County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Eliott Key County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Key Largo County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jackson County, Illinois, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lowndes County, Mississippi, United States December 31, 2004 Details