The Silver-Spotted Flambeau, Dione juno

Silver-Spotted Flambeau

The Silver-Spotted Flambeau is found in Central and South America, from Mexico to Paraguay.

The dorsal wing surface is a brilliant reddish-orange edged and veined with black. The wing underside is light reddish-brown and patterned with silvery-white streaks and spots. Each ventral forewing has a large light orange patch.

Unlike other Heliconian species, the Silver-Spotted Flambeau does not feed on pollen. The adults fly quickly and erratically. They prefer open, sunny areas, and may be found up to 2500 m in altitude. Mature caterpillars are black and covered in orange spots and black spines. The chrysalids are wrinkled and brown, and, when hung from branches, look like dead leaves.

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