White Peacock Butterfly (Anartia jatrophae)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Anartia
Species: jatrophae


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Crystal Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Hollywood, Florida (2 reports)
Largo, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Los Fresnos, Texas
Portland, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On May 5, 2007, sueatkins from Brooksville, FL wrote:

In my area, the white peacock lays its eggs on bacopa which tends to grow in roadside ditches. I'd like to know if spraying these roadside ditches for mosquito larvae affects this butterfly caterpillar at all. The butterfly might go unnoticed when just flying through your garden, even though it is white speckled with gold/tan spots depending upon the light. If you are lucky enough to observe it when resting, you will notice a beautiful sparkle to the speckled patterns.


On Jul 30, 2006, Vee8ch from Palm Bay, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Common throughout Florida but most widely seen in South Florida.
Lives along the edges of lakes, ponds, ditches, and canals. Can also be found in lowest areas of open fields where it feeds on low growing wildflower nectar.