Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Papilio hegesia Cramer . Type locality: New York and Jamaica [neotype from “Montego Bay, Jamaica]
Papilio columbina Fabricius 1793. Type locality: America
Eupetoieta hegesia (Cramer) Doubleday 1848
Euptoieta hegesia karibica Stichel 1938. Type locality: Cuba
Euptoieta hegesia watsoni Comstock 1944. Type locality: Puerto Rico
Euptoieta hegesia domingensis Cucurullo 1959. Type locality: Dominican Republic
Euptoieta hegesia meridiania Stichel 1938. Type locality: Espirito Santo, Brazil
Euptoieta hegesia hoffmanni Comstock 1944. Type locality: Escuiñapa, Sinaloa, Mexico
Explanation of Names
Euptoieta hegesia (Cramer)
Two weakly defined subspecies are usually recognized. Subspecies meridiania occurs on the mainland of both North and South America, while those found on the Greater Antilles, Bahamas, and Caymen Islands belong to the "typical" nominate subspecies hegasia. Other subspecies have been named from islands, but are based on differences that are inconsistent, and they generally are not recognized as distinct.
Distinguished from Euptoieta Claudia most easily by the lack of pattern on the discal area of the hind wing.
Resident in far south Texas. Strays into and perhaps resident in se. Arizona. - Map
Strays northward much further as rare individuals. Is resident on Cuba and in the Bahamas, and could stray into southernmost Florida. Greater Antilles, Bahamas, northern Mexico to Argentina.
Open sunny areas where foodplants can be found.
June-Dec in south Texas - MPG
Primarily plants in the families Passifloraceae, Turneraceae and Violaceae, particularly Passiflora