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Philaethria dido (Linnaeus, 1763)


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Identification: Upperside of both wings black with large patches of translucent green. Underside similar, with gray overscales on the brown areas.
Wing Span:
Life History: Eggs are laid singly on the underside of older leaves, which the caterpillars eat. Chrysalids resemble bird droppings. Adults fly above the forest canopy.
Flight: July-December in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various passion-vines including Passiflora laurifolia, P. vitifolia, P. edulis, and P. ambigua.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including Cordia curassavica and Cissus.
Habitat: Tropical rain forest.
Range: Brazil north to Mexico; rare stray to the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for rare stray.
NCGR:
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL