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Mexican Fritillary

Euptoieta hegesia

Description: Upperside of both wings with basal half unpatterned orange, and little or no contrast between basal and outer parts. Hindwing margins not angled; underside orange-brown with darker pattern. Wing Span: 2 9/16 - 2 15/16 inches (6.5 - 7.5 cm). Adults fly swiftly and erratically above low vegetation, while the sun is shining. Eggs are laid singly on host plants. Caterpillar Hosts: Passion-vines (Passiflora), morning glories (Convolvulaceae), and Turnera. Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Lantana, Stachytarpheta, and Turnera; occasionally dung.



This is the butterfly that emerged from the pupa of my spotting before. It happened this morning. It took about 10 days to complete metamorphosis and win the blue sky.

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Sckel 7 years ago

Thank you, Dan. This is the third butterfly which I take in hand shortly after his birth. I was happy that everything went well for her. I found many pupae different this week, but all were damaged by some bug killer, or holes made by parasites.

dandoucette 7 years ago

Superb! Nice that you got to see the before and after.

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Cariacica, ES, Brazil

Spotted on Sep 11, 2013
Submitted on Sep 11, 2013

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