Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Banded Peacock
Anartia fatima (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is brown. Forewing has cream or white median and submarginal bands. Hindwing has a cream or white submarginal band and a broken red median band.
Wing Span: 2 3/8 - 2 5/8 inches (6 - 7 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for receptive females. Eggs are laid on the sepals and bracts of flower clusters.
Flight: Throughout the year in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Ruellia in South Texas, other Acanthaceae southward.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical open and disturbed areas such as fields, weedy places, orchards, and second growth.
Range: Panama north through Central America to Mexico. Wanders and occasionally colonizes to central and South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for an infrequent colonist.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.