Florida Nature Pictures

The Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
Marpesia petreus

Ruddy daggerwing Butterfly

I photographed this butterfly at Fern Forest Nature Center in Pompano Beach Florida.
The Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly is common is South Florida.
The host plant of the caterpillar are trees in the Ficus family.
Strangler Figs are very common trees in Florida of the Ficus family.


Ruddy daggerwing Butterfly
Ruddy daggerwing Butterfly
Here are some close up shots of the head and the undersides of the wings.

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Common Name : Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly

South Florida
10 /2010





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