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Attributes of Heliopetes arsalte
Heliopetes arsalte (Linnaeus, 1758)
Identification: Upperside is white; forewing tip is black. Underside of forewing has orange at the base of the front edge. Underside of hindwing has thick black veins.
Wing Span: 1 7/16 - 1 11/16 inches (3.7 - 4.3 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: October in South Texas, May-November in Mexico and Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported, but probably plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open subtropical scrub, forest edges, and weedy pastures.
Range: Argentina north through Central America to central Mexico. A rare stray to South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for a 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.