Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Tiger Mimic-Queen
Lycorea halia (Hübner, 1816)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Danainae
Identification: Large. Orange with black horizontal stripes; stripes on hindwing join to form a loop. Tip of male abdomen has black hair pencils (scent brushes).
Wing Span: 3 3/4 - 4 1/4 inches (9.5 - 10.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch in the morning to await receptive females. Around noon, females lay eggs singly on the underside of host leaves, usually depositing several eggs on the same plant. Caterpillars eat leaves.
Flight: April, July, and October in South Texas; all year in the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Papaya, fig, bloodflower, Jacartia.
Adult Food: Bird droppings.
Habitat: Tropical forests.
Range: Tropical American lowlands from the West Indies and central Mexico south to Peru. Strays 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