Adelpha fessonia (Hewitson, 1847)
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