Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Blue-eyed Sailor
Dynamine dyonis Geyer, 1837

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Upperside of male is copper-green; female is black with white bands and patches. Underside of both sexes with 2 round, blue submarginal spots.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 1 7/8 inches (4.1 - 4.8 cm).
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on the leaves and stems of the host plant. Caterpillars eat leaves and rest underneath them.
Flight: May-November in Texas, March-November in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Noseburn (Tragia neptifolia) and Dalechampia, both in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from various composite flowers.
Habitat: Tropical forest edges.
Range: Colombia north through Central America to central Mexico. Periodic stray and occasional resident to north-central Texas.
Conservation: Not required for periodic stray and occasional resident.
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
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