Species Detail

Band-celled Sister

Adelpha fessonia (Hewitson, 1847)

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Attributes of Adelpha fessonia

Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Admirals and Relatives (Limenitidinae)

Identification: Upperside is dark brown with an orange forewing apex. White median band across both wings reaches the forewing leading edge.

Life history: Males perch in light gaps, along forest edges, or in the canopy. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of host plants in light gaps and forest edges.

Flight: March-April and July-December in Texas, March-November in Mexico and Central America, perhaps all year in Costa Rica.

Wing span: 2 3/16 - 2 3/4 inches (5.6 - 7 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Hackberry Celtis lindheimeri in Texas.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers such as Cordia, Croton, and Baccharis; decaying fruit.

Habitat: Forest edges and trails near streams.

Range: Panama north through Central America to Mexico. A periodic resident in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Conservation: Not required for rare stray and infrequent resident.

NatureServe Global Status: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.

Documented Records for Adelpha fessonia

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