Tithorea tarricina Godman & SalvinBoth

Male dorsal
Male dorsal
Female dorsal
Female dorsal
Male venrtral
Male venrtral
Female venrtral
Female venrtral

Wingspan: 76-77 mm




Identification: Large size, broad wings, many small forewing spots, black antennae, small white checks on wing edges.

Similar species
Callithomia hezia
Hyposcada virginiana
Mechanitis polymnia
Olyras crathis

Local distribution: Pacific slope from 700-1500 m; Atlantic slope down to the lowlands.

Species range: Mexico to South America

Abundance: Uncommon

Early stages: Solitary

Larval food plants
Prestonia longifolia

Comments: The amount of black on the hindwing disc is highly variable as is the shape of the yellow spots on the forewing. Unusual in not using Solanaceae as larval hosts. The hosts are vines with clear sap containing pyrrholyzine alkaloids instead of the usual white latex of most family members.




Credits: Credits: Images and text copyright 2001-2007 by William A. Haber, efg.cs.umb.edu/