Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)
Miami, Florida
Edinburg, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Mission, Texas
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Members' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 12, 2006, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

The Ruddy Daggerwing shows up in south Texas around late Summer through early Winter. It's supposed to feed on figs and mulberry trees out here and I have both growing in my yard in the hopes of attracting a gravid female. This one is enjoying nectar from my duranta bush.

Positive

On Aug 28, 2006, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Positive 'cause any butterfly in my yard is positive. This is a very interesting butterfly in that when it's wings are closed it resembles a dead leaf.
Here it feeds on Chaya, Beebalm, and Firebush.