Attributes of Marpesia petreus

Ruddy Daggerwing
Marpesia petreus (Cramer, 1776)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Identification: Tip of forewing is elongated. Hindwing has long dagger-like tails. Upperside is orange with 3 thin black lines. Underside is mottled brown and black, resembling a dead leaf.
Wing Span: 2 3/4 - 3 3/4 inches (7 - 9.5 cm).
Life History: To watch for females, males perch 15-30 feet above ground on sunlit trees.
Flight: Most of the year in Florida, but are most common from May-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Common fig (Ficus carica) and wild banyan tree (F. citrifolia) in the fig family (Moraceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from giant milkweed in Florida; Cordia, Casearia, Lantana, and Mikania in the tropics.
Habitat: Tropical lowland forests and edges; hardwood hammocks.
Range: Brazil north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to southern Florida. Strays north to Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and South Texas.
Conservation: Not of conservation concern in Florida.
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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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
April 12, 2014 Lou Feltz Collier County, Florida, United States May 27, 2014 Details
November 03, 2013 tora_segeul Palm Beach County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 JKHatfield Texas, Lubbock County, United States August 08, 2013 Details
February 16, 2013 Doug Taron Jalisco, Mexico February 19, 2013 Details
August 25, 1983 legacy.reporter (R. Rice) Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 04, 1990 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 30, 2007 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 26, 2011 JimConrad Quintana Roo, Mexico November 17, 2012 Details
May 11, 2012 bkacker Broward County, Florida, United States August 16, 2012 Details
June 25, 2012 misael Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States July 09, 2012 Details
June 06, 2012 John van Dort Francisco Morazán, Honduras June 06, 2012 Details
May 09, 2012 John van Dort Francisco Morazán, Honduras May 09, 2012 Details
May 05, 2012 John van Dort Francisco Morazán, Honduras May 05, 2012 Details
April 22, 2012 TB Palm Beach County, Florida, United States April 23, 2012 Details
August 12, 1972 legacy.reporter (G. S. Forbes) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 12, 1972 legacy.reporter (G. S. Forbes) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 15, 1973 legacy.reporter (Charles Sekerman) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
November 08, 2008 legacy.reporter (Martin Redi) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 07, 2010 Details
August 28, 2003 legacy.reporter (Derek Muschalek) DeWitt County, Texas, United States December 28, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) San Luis Potosi, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 17, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 16, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Fred Lohrer) Highlands County, Florida, United States September 04, 2007 Details
October 21, 2001 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 29, 2007 Details
September 22, 2002 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Cameron County, Texas, United States January 29, 2007 Details
April 28, 2004 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Tamaulipas, Mexico January 29, 2007 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Texas, Nueces County, United States January 29, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pima County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gila County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter El Paso County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Crowley County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alachua County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Brevard County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Broward County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Charlotte County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Collier 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 Franklin County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Glades County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hendry County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Highlands County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Indian River County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Manatee County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details