Pretty (White) Peacock

Donna Winter (Class of 2016) shared this great closeup of a white peacock butterfly (Anartia jatropha) that she saw at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail (TRWT).  This beautiful butterfly is present throughout the year and tends to fly low to the ground.

You most often will see it along wet ditches, canal banks, pond edges, disturbed sites, and roadsides.  Its larval food plants include water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri) , shown below, flourishing in inundated soil at ORCA between the wetland crossover bridges …

and turkey tangle fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora) shown below growing at TRWT (and often found growing in moist lawns) …

We saw this butterfly trapped in a spider web at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge when we visited there on 3/14/19 and “liberated” it …

You will not see this tropical butterfly “up north”.  It ranges from  south Texas to Florida and throughout much of the tropics.