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Species Historis acheronta - Tailed Cecropian - Hodges#4546

Tailed Cecropian - Historis acheronta Tailed Cecropian - Historis acheronta
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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 Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, Anglewings, etc.)
Tribe Coeini
Genus Historis
Species acheronta (Tailed Cecropian - Hodges#4546)
Hodges Number
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), (2), 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
Tropical forests
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.
Life Cycle
Known to undertake migrations in South America (Williams 1930).
Kimball (2) 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.
Print References
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.
Works Cited
1.A field guide to butterflies of Texas
Neck, R.W. 1996. Gulf Publishing Co., Houston. xvii + 323 pp.
2.The Lepidoptera of Florida: An Annotated Checklist.
Charles P. Kimball. 1965. Florida Dept. of Ag. Gainesville, FL. v + 363 pp.
3.Some new and rare records of Lepidoptera found in Texas.
Kendall, R.O., & W.W. McGuire. 1984. Bulletin of the Allyn Museum 86: 1-50.