Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1311732

Tailed Cecropian
Historis acheronta

Observation date: September 13, 2021
Submitted by: SShane
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Found this odd butterfly on one of my fruit feeders feeding on rotten banana. It did not flush and allowed me to take pictures. I consulted "A Swift Guide to Butterflies", second edition, by Jeffrey Glassberg and found the match of the underwings on page 240. The butterfly did not open its wings until I accidentally tapped the edge of the feeder, at which point it flushed and I snapped a photo which showed a portion of the upper wing. The observation of this butterfly lasted about an hour. The temperature that day was in the 90s with southwest wind of 20 mph, gusts to 28 mph. Sky was mostly clear. The butterfly stayed in one position, feeding on banana and was not bothered by my close presence or other insects feeding on the fruit.
Status: Stray
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: September 19, 2021
Coordinator notes: Good documentation on this rare stray
Checklist region(s): United States, Kansas, Finney County