This species is a resident of parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and some Pacific islands. It migrates into the U.S., primarily into the southern portions of California, Arizona, and Texas. It has been documented in Idaho, in Blaine County; this was probably a rare occurrence.
It can typically be found in open areas, such as fields and open woodlands.
The caterpillar feeds on passion flower (Passiflora foetida), turnera
(Turnera ulmifolia), and morning glories (Ipomoea maritima).
Adult: Butterflies drink flower nectar.
There are many generations of caterpillars each year. Adults in the U.S. generally fly from April through Novemeber. Butterflies exhibit a fast and jerky flight near the ground.
Males actively patrol in search of receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on host plants.
|Idaho Status:||Unprotected nongame species.|
G5; populations are widespread, abundant, and secure.
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