Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Waiter Daggerwing
Marpesia zerynthia Hübner, [1823]

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Cyrestinae
Tribe: Cyrestini
Identification: Hindwing has a long dagger-like tail. Upperside is brown-black with lighter margins. Underside of both wings with a white inner half and a dark brown outer half.
Wing Span: 2 3/4 - 3 1/8 inches (7 - 8.1 cm).
Life History: Adults are swift and nimble fliers, and often roost together in small groups under leaves.
Flight: Many flights in Mexico from May-November, July and October in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of trees in the fig family (Moraceae).
Adult Food: Nectar from Cordia and Croton, dung, and other non-floral resources.
Habitat: Tropical forests and openings.
Range: Brazil north through Central America to central Mexico. A rare stay to South Texas.
Conservation: Not required for a rare tropical stray.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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