Ruddy Daggerwing

Marpesia petreus


Photograph by Roz Katz

The female ruddy daggerwing lays her pale yellow eggs singly on the leaves of strangler figs. As the eggs hatch, small caterpillars emerge. The caterpillars are bright orange and cream colored with blue lateral markings along their segments, four long black spines along their backs, and two long black horns on their heads.

Adults are orange with thin black bands, and they have a long, thin projection at the end of each hind wing.

There have been no sightings of eggs, caterpillars, or chrysalises of this butterfly in the Conservancy's Lagoon Trail gardens. Sightings of adults have been infrequent.





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