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Banded Orange Butterfly

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Banded Orange Butterfly PEI Butterfly House

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Common Name: Banded Orange
Scientific Name: Dryadula Phaetusa
Wingspan: 8-9cm
Location: North Brazil, Central America (Texas & Kansas occasionally)

Based Orange Butterflies are hardly ever found in forests, and instead inhabit open, disturbed areas. Adults feed on nectar and bird droppings and have a delicate fluttering flight. At night, they can be found roosting under the leaves of bushes. Banded Orange caterpillars, which are light purple and covered in black spines, feed mainly on passion vine. The dorsal wing surface of the male Banded Orange is bright orange with thick black horizontal stripes. Females are similar, but lighter and with fuzzier stripes. The ventral wing surface contains alternating reddish brown, cream, and orange stripes.


banded orange butterfly PEI

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