Identification: Hindwing margins are somewhat scalloped. Upperside is black with 2 dark bands on each wing; forewing has a few very small white dots near the apex.
Wing Span: Not reported.
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Many flights from March-September in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Celosia nitida and Achyranthes aspera in the pigweed family (Amaranthaceae).
Adult Food: Presumably flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical and subtropical.
Range: Mexico south to Brazil. One stray female was caught in west Texas in June but may be a misidentified Staphylus mazans.
Conservation: Not necessary for a rare stray.
Management Needs: None reported.
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Observation date: Oct 14, 2006
Submitted by: legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler)