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Ruddy Daggerwing

Marpesia petreus

Description:

Tip of forewing is elongated. Hindwing has long dagger-like tails. Upperside is orange with 3 thin black lines. Underside is mottled brown and black, resembling a dead leaf. Butterflies & Moths of NA

Habitat:

Located at Corkscrew Swamp Audubon Sanctuary near Naples FL

Notes:

A lifer caterpillar for me...host plant Strangler Fig

No species ID suggestions

15 Comments

ceherzog
ceherzog 4 years ago

Thanks Jason!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 4 years ago

Stunning caterpillar!

ceherzog
ceherzog 5 years ago

Thanks so much Maria.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Great series!

ceherzog
ceherzog 5 years ago

for me it was the butterfly first, then I looked up the host plant & found the caterpillar...that was so exciting for me!

dotun55
dotun55 5 years ago

Fearsome caterpillar! Good to see the nice butterfly it eventually ends up becoming anyway. Kudos to you!!!

ceherzog
ceherzog 5 years ago

Appreciate the comment Rieko.

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Wonderful series!

ceherzog
ceherzog 5 years ago

Thank you Dilan

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Beautiful!!

ceherzog
ceherzog 5 years ago

Thanks Sergio & ursulav!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Great spotting, ceherzog!

ursulav
ursulav 5 years ago

What an extraordinary caterpillar!

ceherzog
ceherzog 5 years ago

Thanks very much Ava!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

What a great series!

Naples, Florida, USA

Lat: 26.14, Long: -81.79

Spotted on Dec 5, 2013
Submitted on Dec 26, 2013

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