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Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada
White Peacock
Anartia jatrophae  LINNAEUS, 1763
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - NYMPHALINAE
Tribe - VICTORINIINI

Anartia jatrophae  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Anartia is closely allied to Junonia and its Afro-Oriental equivalent Precis, and shares their liking for sunny open habitats in disturbed woodland.
There are 5 Anartia species of which jatrophae is the commonest and most widespread. The others are lyrtea from Haiti, chrysopelea from Cuba, fatima from central America and the beautiful black, red and white amathea from mainland South America.
When freshly emerged jatrophae in has a beautiful mother-of-pearl luminescence that is difficult to reproduce in a photograph.
Anartia jatrophae is distributed from the southern USA to Bolivia and Argentina. It is also found on most Caribbean islands.
Anartia jatrophae  Adrian Hoskins
Habitats
This species is found in disturbed habitats including gardens, forest clearings, orchards, farmland and grassy riverbanks. It is primarily a lowland insect but occurs up to an altitude of 1400m.
Lifecycle
The eggs are ribbed, yellowish-green in colour, and laid singly on leaves of Blechum, Ruellia and other Acanthaceae; also on Bacopa and Lindernia ( Scrophulariacae ) and Lippia ( Verbenaceae ).
Adult behaviour

This is a sun-loving species. It is active mainly in the mornings when it can be seen basking on the ground or on low foliage. Later in the day when temperatures rise it rests in semi-shaded situations at the forest edge, or sits in open sunlight with the wings held erect. In the late afternoon when the temperature begins to dip, the butterflies commonly bask at the top of coarse grasses and herbage.

 

 

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