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North American Ecology (US and Canada)

Calpodes ethlius is a year-round resident in the U.S. states bordering the Gulf coast from Florida to Texas and ranges south to Argentina , throughout the Bahamas, Antilles, the Galapagos Islands and Bermuda. It is migratory as far north as Illinois and New York, especially in late summer between July1-Oct. 31 (Scott 1986). Habitats are subtropical and gulf coast city flower gardens, sometimes in natural habitats. Host plants are herbaceous and include species from two families: Cannaceae (especially genus Canna) and Marantaceae. Eggs are laid on the host plant singly. There are multiple flights all year in southern Florida and Texas, in the southeastern United States there are multiple flights between May 1-Oct. 31 (Scott 1986).


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