Identification: Upperside is dark brown; forewing has a wide transparent band of spots. Fringes are brown. Underside of forewing is pale yellow in the lower corner.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 3/4 inches (3.5 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Adults fly at dusk and sometimes at dawn. They rest in caves, under highway bridges, and under ledges and leaves during the day.
Flight: May-November in South Texas; March-November in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Nectar of flowers including that of papaya.
Range: Costa Rica north through Mexico. A periodic stray to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Status in the lower Rio Grande Valley should be determined.
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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Observation date: Oct 17, 2006
Submitted by: legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler)