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Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly

The Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus) is a large butterfly, with the orange upperside marked with three thin black lines. The hindwing has long, black dagger-like tails. The underside is brown and black, often appearing like a dead leaf.

It ranges from southern Florida and south to Central America, Mexico and the West Indies. Sometimes can be seen in South Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

Wing spread: 2.75" - 3.75"

Host Plants: Wild banyan tree and common fig

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly

 

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