Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Cramer's Eighty-eight
Diaethria clymena (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Upperside is black with iridescent blue bands at the margins. Underside of forewing is red; hindwing is white with a black outlined "88" or "89."
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches (3.8 - 4.4 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: February-July in Florida, March-November in South America.
Caterpillar Hosts: In Brazil, Trema micrantha in the elm family (Ulmaceae).
Adult Food: Decaying fruit, dung.
Habitat: Wet tropical forests.
Range: South America. Occasionally strays to South Florida.
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