Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Bredow's Sister
Adelpha bredowii Geyer, 1837

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Identification: Upperside is brownish black with an orange patch at the forewing apex. White median band across both wings is broken on the forewing.
Wing Span: 2 1/4 - 4 inches (5.7 - 10.1 cm).
Life History: Males perch and patrol all day for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly on leaf edges; caterpillars feed on mature leaves. Young caterpillars make a long perch by extending a leaf vein with dung and silk. Partially-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: Two flights from May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of oaks (Quercus) particularly evergreens.
Adult Food: Rotting fruit, aphid honeydew, sometimes flower nectar such as California buckeye.
Habitat: Oak-covered hills, groves, and stream valleys.
Range: Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
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
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