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  • Rusty-Tipped Page - (Siproeta epaphus)

    Rusty-Tipped Page - (Siproeta epaphus)

    The large Rusty-Tipped Page prefers tropical elevations, but occasionally visits the southern parts of North America.

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    Staff Writer (1/6/2016): Rusty-Tipped Pages are common in Central America, where they live in small groups at elevations over 1,000 feet (400 m). They can be found near forest edges as well as by water sources. Adults drink nectar from flowers like impatiens and lantana as well as rotting fruit. Males have been seen lapping mineral-rich water from puddles and rocks. They are territorial when not congregated at a 'puddle party' and fly laps over their marked homestead. Females lay green fertilized egg clusters on host plants. Caterpillars are dark red and orange and eat the leaves of wild petunias and other plants in the Acanthus family before pupating into a winged adult.

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    Rusty-Tipped Page

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Rusty-Tipped Page
    Scientific Name: Siproeta epaphus
    Other Names: Brown Page

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Nymphalidae
           Genus: Siproeta
            Species: epaphus

    Size (Adult, Length): 60mm to 75mm (2.36in to 2.95in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, brown, ivory, black,

    Additional Descriptors: flying, beneficial

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): New Mexico; Texas; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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