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Adelpha cytherea cytherea


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Family Nymphalidae

'The Nymphalidae are members of the Superfamily Papilionoidea, the true butterflies. Distributed worldwide, butterflies of this family are especially rich in the tropics. They are highly variable, and there are more species in this family than in any other. Adults vary in size from small to large, and their front legs are reduced, unable to be used for walking. Wing shape is also highly variable: some species have irregular margins (anglewings and commas), and others have long taillike projections (daggerwings). Browns, oranges, yellows, and blacks are frequent colors, while iridescent colors such as purples and blues are rare. Adults of some groups are the longest-lived butterflies, surviving 6-11 months. Adult feeding behavior depends on the species, where some groups primarily seek flower nectar while others only feed on sap flows , rotting fruit, dung, or animal carcasses. Males exhibit perching and patrolling behaviors when seeking mates. Egg-laying varies widely, as some species lay eggs in clustsers, others in columns, and others singly. Caterpillar appearance and behavior vary widely. Brushfoots overwinter as larvae or adults.


Subfamily Limenitidinae

The Limenitidinae are members of the Family Nymphalidae. These admirals and relatives are found on most continents. Adults of most genera are characterized by their flap-and-glide flight. Caterpillar and chrysalis structure defines this group.[2]


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Similar Species

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Members of the genus Adelpha

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 31 species and subspecies in this genus:

A. alala negra (Alala Sister) · A. attica (Attica Sister) · A. basiloides (Spot-Celled Sister) · A. boeotia (Boeotia Sister) · A. bredowii (California Sister) · A. bredowii eulalia (Arizona Sister) · A. californica (Adelpha Californica) · A. calliphane (Calliphanes Sister) · A. capucinus capucinus (Capucinus Sister) · A. cytherea marcia (Smooth-Banded Sister) · A. delphicola (Delphicola Sister) · A. epione (Epione Sister) · A. epizygis (Epizygis Sister) · A. erotia (Erotia Sister) · A. eulalia (Arizona Sister) · A. fessonia (Band-Celled Sister) · A. iphiclus (Pointer Sister) · A. jordani (Jordan's Sister) · A. justina (Justina Sister) · A. lycorias lara (Lara Sister) · A. malea (Malea Sister) · A. mesentina (Mesentina Sister) · A. olynthia (Olynthia Sister) · A. paraena massilia (Paraena Sister) · A. phylaca (Cecropian Sister) · A. serpa celerio (Celerio Sister) · A. syma (Syma Sister) · A. thesprotia (Thesprotia Sister) · A. thessalia indefecta (Indefecta Sister) · A. thoasa (Thoasa Sister) · A. tracta (Tracta Sister)

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Last Revised: 2015-01-31