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Species Doxocopa pavon - Pavon Emperor - Hodges#4566

Pavon Emperor, upperwings - Doxocopa pavon - female Pavon Emperor, underwings - Doxocopa pavon - female Pavon Emperor - Doxocopa pavon - male Pavon Emperor - Doxocopa pavon - male Pavon Emperor - Doxocopa pavon - male Pavon Emperor - Doxocopa pavon
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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 Apaturinae (Emperors)
Tribe Apaturini
Genus Doxocopa
Species pavon (Pavon Emperor - Hodges#4566)
Hodges Number
Females are brown with a diagonal white slash across the upperside of both wings, and a yellow spot near the forewing apex. Males have a similar pattern but with a metallic purplish-blue overlay that ranges from brilliant to subtle. Slash also shows on underwings but is pale brown and less distinct.
Bolivia north to northern Mexico, with rare strays into the US in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas
tropical and subtropical forests
August through December; also May
Adults eat some flower nectar but also come to rotting fruit and animal dung. Caterpillars eat foliage of hackberries and sugarberries (genus Celtis, family Ulmaceae).
Print References
Wauer, Roland H. "Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley" Boulder CO: Johnson Books, 2004.
Internet References