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Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes pylades

Copyright by: Mary Keim, 2014.

Description:
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.
Range:
North America
Habitat(s):
Scrub and forest edges.
Reproduction:
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.
Food:
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.

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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