Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Red Rim
Biblis hyperia (Cramer, 1779)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Upperside is brown-black; hindwing has a red submarginal band and a scalloped outer edge.
Wing Span: 2 - 3 inches (5.1 - 7.6 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly or in small clusters on shoots of young host plants. Caterpillars make a perch with dung pellets and silk.
Flight: February and July-November in South Texas, March-November in Mexico and Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Noseburn (Tragia volubilis) in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).
Adult Food: Rotting fruit and other non-floral resources.
Habitat: Open subtropical forests.
Range: Paraguay north through Central America to Mexico and the West Indies. Periodic resident in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas; strays to central 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.
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