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Species Euptoieta hegesia - Mexican Fritillary - Hodges#4448

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Classification
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 Heliconiinae (Heliconians and Fritillaries)
Tribe Argynnini (Fritillaries)
Genus Euptoieta
Species hegesia (Mexican Fritillary - Hodges#4448)
Hodges Number
4448
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Papilio hegesia Cramer [1779]. 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

Subspecies meridiana:
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)
Numbers
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.
Identification
Distinguished from Euptoieta Claudia most easily by the lack of pattern on the discal area of the hind wing.
Range
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.
Habitat
Open sunny areas where foodplants can be found.
Season
June-Dec in south Texas - MPG
Food
Primarily plants in the families Passifloraceae, Turneraceae and Violaceae, particularly Passiflora and Turnera.
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