Attributes of Hamadryas amphichloe

Pale Cracker
Hamadryas amphichloe (Boisduval, 1870)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Upperside is light brown, gray, and white; forewing with a red bar in the cell; males with outer part of wing whitish. Submarginal eyespots of tan hindwing have orange scales outside a black crescent.
Wing Span: 2 15/16 - 3 3/8 inches (7.5 - 8.6 cm).
Life History: Adults perch on tree trunks head downward with their wings spread open. Before dark, adults gather on a single tree, then disperse to roost in nearby trees or shrubs. Males make a cracking noise when they fly.
Flight: Throughout the year in the West Indies.
Caterpillar Hosts: Vine Dalechampia in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).
Adult Food: Rotting fruit and carrion.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical forest edges and openings near streams, open fields with trees.
Range: Ecuador north through South America and the West Indies. Reaches the Florida Keys as a rare stray or an import on exotic plants.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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June 11, 2014 Teresa Jacobs Dominican Republic June 12, 2014 Details
April 30, 2012 LLJohnson Dominican Republic June 15, 2012 Details
October 30, 2011 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 27, 2012 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Broward 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 Plantation Key County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details