Medium sized butterfly with a wing span 3 3/4 inches. The upperside is orange with three thin black lines. The underside is mottled brown and black, resembling a dead leaf. The tip of the forewing is elongated and the hindwing has long dagger-like tails.
Peninsular Florida, West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; strays into southwestern and central United States.
Hammocks and hammock edges.
Native larval host plants include the two native figs: short-leaf fig (Ficus citrifolia) and strangler fig (Ficus aurea). Larvae also feed on the exotic common fig (Ficus carica) and probably other non-native figs.
All year in South Florida, but mostly May - July.
recently emerged adult Erin Backus
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2013. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.