Texan Crescent

Anthanassa texana

Texas Crescent, Anthanassa texana, Peppersauce Canyon, Sta Catalina Mts photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed along a trail in Peppersauce Canyon, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA. 25 Sept. 2017.

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These small dark-colored butterflies are adorned with spots of white and red-brown. They tend to fly close to the ground and visit flowers readily. The larvae are associated with various members of the plant family Acanthaceae which are usually to be found close by.

Notice that the wings of this butterfly are tattered and worn. This is how butterflies tend to appear just a couple of weeks after emergence from their chrysalis (pupa). Thus the attractive winged stage of most butterflies is abbreviated whereas the larva stage is often the longest.

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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