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The large Rusty-Tipped Page prefers the tropical elevations of equatorial countries, but it occasionally visits the southern parts of North America.
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. The black butterfly has orange wing tips and a bright white line separating the two colors.
Adults drink nectar from flowers like impatiens and lantana as well as juice from rotting fruit. Males have been seen lapping up mineral-rich water from puddles and rocks. They are territorial when not congregated at a 'puddle party' and fly laps over their 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.
Scientific Name: Siproeta epaphus
Other Name(s): Brown Page
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 60mm to 75mm (2.34in to 2.93in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.