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White Peacock - Anartia jatrophae

White Peacock - Anartia jatrophae
Emerson Point Park, Palmetto FL, Manatee County, Florida, USA
June 12, 2005
Size: abt 2"
Looks exactly like images of White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae), except for 4 spots on hindwings. Most references and pictures of White Peacock have 2 spots on hindwings.

Argh, what a mess! Sorry about that - is there any way to just delete this line of questioning, yer honor?

see one with two here And here you can find one with three plus the extra forewing spot.

5 spots
And here's one with 5 spots on each hindwing:

That one doesn't even look like the same species!

Y'know what..
Now that you mention it, it doesn't. Cripes.

It's not -
I believe that odd man out's a misidentified asian butterfly called the grey pansy (Junonia atlites)- compare this image. I only happen to know this because I used to work in the butterfly exhibit at FLMNH and we sometimes had them there.

Ah nuts! I thought i could h
Ah nuts! I thought i could have a new species and name it Anartia moerkus. But how did it get here from Malaysia? And the spots aren't the same color (all dark)? And the Grey Pansy doesn't have orange in it? Or am I being too picky?

John Moerk

To clarify,
yours is a White Peacock, I think, it's the other one Bruce found that was misidentified, and that picture was taken in a butterfly exhibit - presumably it got there via UPS as a chrysalis. Butterflies through Binoculars (1)doesn't mention spot count as part of ID - just the over-all coloration - so perhaps that's variable.

Thanks for the clarification
Thanks for the clarification - we also researched hybridization and find that butterflies do naturally hybridize.
John Moerk

Wow, I was scrambling to figure out what that butterfly was.. and thanks to Bugguide, the work's all done. Thank you!
I swear this website has saved me endless hours poring through books and tearing my hair out.

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