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Attributes of Pellicia dimidiata
Morning Glory Pellicia
Pellicia dimidiata Herrich-Schäffer, 1870
Identification: Upperside of wing black has a faint or absent purple sheen. Underside of male hindwing has glandular oval patch near wing base.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 3 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: October in South Texas; April-May and September-February in Mexico and Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Wild morning glories (Ipomoea) in the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical scrub and open weedy areas.
Range: Argentina north through tropical America to northern Mexico. Strayed once to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary 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.