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Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes pylades

Copyright by: Mary Keim, 2014.

Small butterfly measuring up to 1 7/8" in length. The upperside is dark brown with clear, small, triangular spots. The underside is brown with gray overscaling with 2 dark bands. Caterpillars are greenish brown with a black head and many light colored hairs.
Widespread in North America south to southern peninsular Florida and northern Mexico; rare south of West Palm Beach and Fort Myers.
Scrub and forest edges.
Light green to white eggs are laid under the leaves of host plants.
Natural History:
Caterpillars shelter in rolled or tied leaves and can hibernate.
Caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants. Larval host plants include the native groundnut (Apios americana), spurred butterfly-pea (Centrosema virginianum), Elliott's milkpea (Galactia elliottii), Eastern milkpea (Galactia regularis), and Florida hoarypea (Tephrosia florida). Adults nectar on plants with blue, purple, pink and white flowers.
For more information, visit Butterflies and Moths of North America.

Copyright by: Mary Keim, 2014.

Copyright by: Mary Keim, 2018. Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades) on Pinewoods Milkweed (Asclepias humistrata).

Copyright by: Mary Keim, 2018. Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades) on Elliott's Milkpea (Galactia elliottii).

Copyright by: Mary Keim, 2018. Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades) eggs on Elliott's Milkpea (Galactia elliottii).

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