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Species Marpesia petreus - Ruddy Daggerwing - Hodges#4550

Ruddy Daggerwing - Marpesia petreus Unknown caterpillar - Marpesia petreus Ruddy Daggerwing life cycle - Marpesia petreus - male Ruddy Daggerwing - Marpesia petreus - male Black and White Ruddy Daggerwing Chrysalis - Marpesia petreus Orange Long-tailed Butterfly - Marpesia petreus UnknownButterfly81 - Marpesia petreus Yellow/green caterpillar with black spots/stripes/and spikes - Marpesia petreus
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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 Cyrestinae (Daggerwings, Map Butterflies)
Genus Marpesia (Daggerwings)
Species petreus (Ruddy Daggerwing - Hodges#4550)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Marpesia petreus (Cramer)
Orig. Comb: Papilio petreus Cramer 1776
Wingspan 7-9.5 cm
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 (MPG)
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.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on fig, Ficus species. In Florida this is likely to be Strangler Fig, Ficus aurea.
See Also
Rare stray to FL Keys:
Marpesia eleuchea Hübner, 1818