Common Name: White Peacock (Linnaeus, 1763)

Attributes of Anartia jatrophae

Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: True Brushfoots (Nymphalinae)

Identification: Upperside is white with light brown markings and a double row of light crescents at the margins. Forewing has one round, black spot; hindwing has two. Dry season (winter) form is larger and paler; wet season (summer form) is smaller and darker.

Life history: Males patrol and occasionally perch to find females. Eggs are laid singly near the host plant or under its leaves.

Flight: Throughout the year in South Texas and the Deep South.

Wing span: 2 – 2 3/4 inches (5.1 – 7 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Water hyssop (Bacopa), Ruellia, and Lippia.

Adult food: Shepherd\’s needle (Bidens pilosa) in Florida; Cordia, Casearia, and composites in Central America.

Habitat: Open, moist areas such as edges of ponds and streams, along shallow ditches, weedy fields, parks.

Range: Resident from Argentina north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to South Texas and southern Florida. Migrates and temporarily colonizes to central Texas and coastal South Carolina. A rare wanderer to North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Conservation: Monitor status of United States populations.

NatureServe Global Status: G5 – Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.
Documented Records for Anartia jatrophae

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