Identification: Wings are black. Tiny white spots on apex of the forewing upperside are present in females, lacking in males. Underside has scattered orange scales.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 3/16 inches (2.2 - 3.1 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: October in South Texas; beginning in May in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) in the nightshade family (Solanaceae).
Adult Food: Not reported.
Range: Colombia north through Central America to central Mexico. A rare stray to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for a 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.
We depend on donations to keep Butterflies and Moths of North America freely available. We want to express our gratitude to all who showed their support by making a contribution this year. You can donate to support this project at any time.