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Rosita Patch
Chlosyne rosita A. Hall, 1924

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Both surfaces of forewing are black with white spots. Upperside of hindwing is black; basal patch is red-orange with yellow at the base.
Wing Span: 1 7/16 - 1 11/16 inches (3.7 - 5 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid on the underside of host plant leaves.
Flight: Many flights, throughout most of the year, in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Several plants in the acanthus family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical forest openings.
Range: El Salvador north to Mexico. Periodic colonist in the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas; rare stray to northern Texas and southeastern Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Provide host plant patches in refuges and parks along the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
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