Empress Leilia Butterfly

The Flutter Files
Name: Empress Leilia Butterfly
Species: Asterocampa leilia
Native to: Central and southern Arizona (except for the southwest) as well as south Texas, Mexico and Baja
Date Seen: March 2014
Location: North of Fountain Hills, Arizona
Notes: Wing Span: 1 1/2 – 3 inches (3.8 – 7.6 cm). This butterfly was sitting on Lantana flowers. Apparently they do not normally feed on nectar, though. Either the butterfly wasn’t feeding, or it is a butterfly that isn’t what I think it is!

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