Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Pavon Emperor
Doxocopa pavon (Latreille, [1809])


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Apaturinae
Identification: Upperside of male is iridescent blue-purple; female is paler. Both sexes have a small orange patch near the tip of the forewing and a white median band across both wings. Underside of both is paler and does not have silvery iridescence.
Wing Span: 2 3/16 - 2 11/16 inches (5.6 - 6.9 cm).
Life History: Males perch in full sun on trees to watch for females.
Flight: In South Texas
Caterpillar Hosts: Tree and shrub Celtis in the elm family (Ulmaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar, rotting fruit, and bird droppings.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical forests.
Range: Bolivia north to northern Mexico. Strays occasionally to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not required for a rare tropical 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