Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Elf
Microtia elva H.W. Bates, 1864


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Forewings elongated and rounded. Wings are black; forewing with two large yellow-orange patches; hindwing with one patch.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 7/16 inches (2.5 - 3.7 cm).
Life History: Males patrol all day with a slow flight.
Flight: Late July in South Texas, throughout the year in the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open fields in seasonal lowland tropics.
Range: Venezuela north through Central America and Mexico. Rare stray to eastern Missouri, South Texas, and southern Arizona.
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.
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