Anartia jatrophae

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White peacock
butterfly house specimen
White peacock (Anartia jatrophae jatrophae) underside.JPG
A. j. jatrophae, Tobago
Scientific classification
A. jatrophae
Binomial name
Anartia jatrophae

Anartia jatrophae (white peacock) is a species of butterfly found in the southeastern United States, Central America, and throughout much of South America. The white peacock's larval hosts are water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri),[1][2] lemon bacopa (Bacopa caroliniensis),[3] tropical waterhyssop (Bacopa innominata),[4] frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora),[5] lanceleaf frogfruit (Phyla lanceolata),[6] and Carolina wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniana).[7][8][9] The males of the species display a unique territorial behavior, in which they stake out a territory typically 15 meters in diameter that contains larval host plants. They perch in this area and aggressively protect it from other insects and other male white peacocks.[10]


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  6. ^ Mike Quinn. "Caterpillar Food Plants for Central Texas" (PDF). Llano Estacado and West Texas Natural History. Steven Schafersman.
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  10. ^ Lederhouse, R.C.; Codella, S.G.; Grossmueller, D.W.; et al. (November 1992). "Host plant-based territoriality in the white peacock butterfly, Anartia jatrophae". Journal of Insect Behavior. 5 (6): 721–728. doi:10.1007/BF01047982. ISSN 1572-8889.

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