Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Definite Patch
Chlosyne definita (E.M. Aaron, [1885])

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is brown with orange and yellow bands and small white submarginal dots. Underside of hindwing has an orange submarginal band with one white spot.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol gulches and ridges, just above the ground, to find females.
Flight: Many broods from April-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Stenandrium barbatum in the Acanthaceae family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Openings in subtropical thorn forest, shrubby desert hills.
Range: Local and uncommon. Southern Mexico north to South Texas and rarely to southern Arizona.
Conservation: Uncommon, but widely distributed and not usually of concern.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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