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Species Dione moneta - Mexican Silverspot - Hodges#4414

Silverspot, upperwing - Dione moneta Silverspot, underwing - Dione moneta Mexican Silverspot - Dione moneta Mexican Silverspot - Dione moneta Mexican Silverspot - Dione moneta Mexican Silverspot - Dione moneta Mexican Silverspot underside - Dione moneta Fritillary  - Dione moneta
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Heliconiinae (Heliconians and Fritillaries)
Tribe Heliconiini (Longwings or Heliconians)
Genus Dione (Silverspots)
Species moneta (Mexican Silverspot - Hodges#4414)
Hodges Number
4414
Explanation of Names
Dione moneta Hübner, [1825]
Identification
Underwing pattern extremely similar to Gulf Fritillary, but with a more distinct red patch along the leading edge of the forewing. On the upperwings there is a very strong contrast between the darker inner sections and brighter outer sections.
Range
Az to TX, mostly southmost TX, but strays to Dallas / Mexico to Brazil (MPG)
Habitat
Forest edges and openings
Season
recorded year-round in so. TX (MPG)
Food
Adults are nectar feeders; caterpillars feed on foliage of Passiflora spp.
Remarks
Behavior is fairly distinct from Gulf Fritillary, usually flying higher and faster.