Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Elada Checkerspot
Texola elada (Hewitson, 1868)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Dark brown with rows of small brownish orange spots. Underside of hindwing has a median band of two or three rows of white spots, and a red-orange marginal band.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males patrol slowly during the day for females. Eggs are laid in groups on the host plant; caterpillars feed gregariously when young.
Flight: Several broods from April-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Hairy tubetongue (Siphonoglossa pilosella) in Texas, yellow composites in Mexico.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical thorn forest and scrub.
Range: Southern Mexico north to central Texas and central Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually of concern.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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