Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Marpesia petreus (Cramer)
Orig. Comb: Papilio petreus Cramer 1776
Distinctive two-tone leaf-mimic underneath, orange with darker bars above. Spectactular "tails" on hindwings.
stray n. to se. AZ to s. TX, peninsular FL / Mex. / W. Indies - Map
Tropical lowland forests, in Florida, "hardwood hammocks".
year round in south Florida, most common May-July - MPG
Adults take nectar from a variety of plants, such as Asclepias and Mikania.
Larvae feed on fig, Ficus species. In Florida this is likely to be Strangler Fig, Ficus aurea.