Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Common Mestra
Mestra amymone (Ménétriés, 1857)


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Biblidinae
Identification: Upperside is gray-white to light brown; hindwing has a median row of white spots and an orange marginal band. Underside is pale orange with white markings.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 15/16 inches (3.5 - 5 cm).
Life History: Adults fly slowly and stay near the hostplants.
Flight: Throughout the year in South Texas, although it is most numerous from June-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Noseburn (Tragia neptifolia) in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).
Adult Food: Have been seen at Lantana flowers.
Habitat: Subtropical forest edges, roadsides, weedy fields.
Range: Costa Rica north through Central America to Mexico and South Texas. Strays north to South Dakota and Minnesota.
Conservation: Conserve woodland and brushland along the lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
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