Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Antillean Daggerwing
Marpesia eleuchea Hübner, 1818

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Cyrestinae
Tribe: Cyrestini
Identification: Hindwing with a long dagger-like tail. Forewing with an elongated tip. Upperside brownish orange with 3 black lines; middle line on the forewing is sharply bent.
Wing Span: 2 5/8 - 3 1/4 inches (6.7 - 8.3 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Throughout the year in the West Indies.
Caterpillar Hosts: Fig trees (Ficus) in the family Moraceae.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Tournefortia, Cordia, Lantana, and Eupatorium.
Habitat: Tropical woodlands and clearings.
Range: The West Indies. Strays very occasionally to the Florida Keys, probably from Cuba.
Conservation: Not required for a rare tropical stray.
Management Needs: None reported.