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Species Colobura dirce - Zebra Mosaic

Please help identify. Caterpillar crawling on Trumpet tree. - Colobura dirce
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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 Nymphalini
Genus Colobura (Mosaics or Beauties)
Species dirce (Zebra Mosaic)
Other Common Names
Dirce Beauty
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Papilio dirco Linnaeus, 1758. Type locality: French Guiana
Papilio bates Linnaeus, 1758. Type locality: French Guiana
Papilio dirceoides Sepp, 1758. Type locality: French Guiana
Papilio dirce Linnaeus, 1764 [mispelling of "dirco" followed by nearly all subsequent authors; considered valid as an "incorrect subsequent spelling in general usage" (ICZN 1999: Art. 33.3.1)]
Cynthia cassavae Fabricius, 1938 [unnacessary replacement name for dirce Linnaeus]
See discussion under Colobura.

Very similar to Colobura annulata, differing in ventral wing pattern. With the lighter brown stripes on the apical half of the ventral front wings wider than in C. annulata, and narrowing distinctly toward the apex of the wing. The same stripes in C. annulata are narrower and more even in width.

Larvae of C. dirce lack pale stripes that cross the sides and top of the body at junctions of the segments.
American tropics from Argentina to Mexico, and on Trinidad and the Greater Antilles; perhaps introduced to Florida.