Other Common Names
Cadmus, Venezuela shoemaker, Dash-Wing
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Historis acheronta (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Papilio acheronta Fabricius, 1775
Syn: Coea acheronta (Fabricius)
Two spp. of Historis, both of which reach the US.
In addition to the nominate subspecies, two additional subspp. are described from the West Indies.
Limited accepted US records from AZ(1), TX(~5), FL(1) (1)
, BAMONA Map
(Three were photographed in two southmost Texas counties in Sept. 2011)
Elsewhere: East and west Mexico south to Brazil. Also in the West Indies, but uncommon. (Riley 1975, Schwartz 1989)
Type Locality: Brazil
Flies all yr in the tropics.
Larvae feed on Cecropia trees and shrubs (Moraceae), a very unusual hostplant for butterflies.
Adults frequently attracted to rotting fruit or tree sap.
Known to undertake migrations in South America (Williams 1930).
and Neck (1)
report vague historical records from south FL and south TX respectively. Most other US field guides either omit this sp., or list it as questionable.
Veryl Board and John Hafernik collected a specimen on August 13, 1969 at Shafter, Presidio County, Texas. (3)
Brush Freeman and Petra Hockey photographed a worn individual on July 22, 2007 in east Port O'Connor, Calhoun County, Texas.
Berry Nall photographed two separate individuals Sept. 1-2, 2011 at Falcon Heights, Starr Co., Texas
Dan Jones, Jan and David Dauphin photographed a relatively fresh individual on Sept. 2, 2011 at the NABA Butterfly Park in Mission, Hidalgo Co., Texas.
Kendall, R.O., and W.W. McGuire. 1984. Some new and rare records of Lepidoptera found in Texas. Bulletin of the Allyn Museum 86: 1-50. (3)
Riley, N.D. 1975. A Field Guide to the Butterflies of the West Indies. Quadrangle Field Guide Series, New York. 224 pp.
Schwartz, A. 1989. The Butterflies of Hispaniola. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. 580 pp.
Williams, C.B. 1930. The Migration of Butterflies. Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh. 473 pp.