Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Florida Purplewing
Eunica tatila (Herrich-Schäffer, [1855])


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Upperside of both wings is brown with purple iridescence at bases. Outer half of forewing with 6 or 7 white spots, forewing apex with an irregular margin. Hindwing has 6 or 7 white eyespots at margin.
Wing Span: 1 9/16 - 2 7/16 inches (4 - 6.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Throughout the year in southern Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Decaying fruit, nectar from Lantana and Cordia.
Habitat: Hardwood hammocks in the Florida Keys, river forests elsewhere.
Range: Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to southern Florida. Strays to South Texas, and rarely to Kansas.
Conservation: Conserve remaining habitat on Florida Keys.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Manage habitat so as to protect remaining hardwood hammocks.
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