White Peacock

  • Family name: Nymphalidae/Brush-Footed Butterflies
  • General description: white with brown markings and orange margins; forewing with small black central spot; hindwing with two small black spots and short tail. Ventral hindwing as above but paler and with some pinkish markings.
  • Field Marks: white with brown markings and orange margins; forewing with single black central spot; hindwing with two small black spots and short tail
  • Sexes: appear similar
  • Wingspan: 35-60 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: green, laid singly on host leaves Mature larva: black with small white spots and black spines Chrysalis: green
  • Number of Generations: multiple
  • Flight Season: All
  • Abundance: Common
  • Habitat: wet ditches, canal banks, disturbed sites, pond edges, roadsides
  • Counties: Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter
  • Larval Host Plants: water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri), frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora)
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  • Additional Information: Often expands range into northern portions of peninsular Florida; adults fly low to the ground

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