Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly

The Goatweed Leafwing butterfly (Anaea andria) is found in the tropics, and also in deep south Florida and south Texas. Their orange color with black spots and patterns, and leaf-like wings, make them difficult to spot.

They can be found in fields, the edges of woodlands and stream beds where crotons grow.

Size: 2.2" - 3.0"

Host plants: crotons (goatweeds)

Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times

Stage Typical Duration
Egg stage 3 to 9 days
Caterpillar (larval) stage 4 to 6 weeks
Chrysalis (pupal) stage 7 to 10 days
Adult butterfly stage 6 to 14 days


Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly
Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly
By Bill Bouton from San Luis Obispo, CA, USA (Goatweed Leafwing, Anaea andria, male) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons