Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Spot-celled Sister
Adelpha basiloides (H.W. Bates, 1865)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Identification: Upperside is black with a small orange patch at the forewing apex; median white band across both wings does not reach the leading edge of the forewing.
Wing Span: 2 1/4 - 2 5/8 inches (5.7 - 6.7 cm).
Life History: Males perch in light gaps, along forest edges, or in the canopy. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of host plants in light gaps and forest edges.
Flight: March-November in Mexico, all year in Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Shrubs in the madder family (Rubiaceae) including Alibertia, Faramea, and Ixora.
Adult Food: Decaying fruit, dung.
Habitat: Lowland tropical forests with a definite dry season.
Range: Panama north through Central America to Mexico. A rare stray (once) to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL