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Attributes of Pyrisitia dina
Pyrisitia dina (Poey, 1832)
Identification: Male orange-yellow with very narrow black border on outer and costal margins of forewing. Female yellow with black at forewing tip. Underside of both sexes with three black spots on hindwing. Wet-season (summer) form paler colored.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 2 1/4 inches (3.2 - 5.7 cm).
Life History: Females lay many eggs on the same host plant.
Flight: Throughout the year in southern Florida. Strays into South Texas in November and southern Arizona in October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Mexican alvaradoa (Alvaradoa amorphoides) in Florida, bitterbush (Picramnia) in Central America; both in simarouba family.
Adult Food: In Central America this butterfly nectars at Lantana, Asclepias, and small-flowered Asteraceae.
Habitat: Forest edges, brushy fields, open forest.
Range: Panama north to southern Florida. Regularly visits south Texas and southeast Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually required. Avoid development of habitats in south Florida.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Avoid mosquito fogging of habitats. Maintain proper successional stages.