Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Mexican Eighty-eight
Diaethria asteria (Godman & Salvin, 1894)


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Upperside is purple with a white spot at the tip of the forewing. Underside of hindwing is gray-white with a thin black-outlined "88."
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 1 11/16 inches (4.1 - 4.3 cm).
Life History:
Flight: September in Mexico, July in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Tropical plants in the elm and soapberry families.
Adult Food: Rotting fruit, dung.
Habitat: Wet tropical forests.
Range: Southern Mexico and northern Central America. Has strayed to South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for rare stray.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL