Diaethria anna

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Anna's eighty-eight
Eighty-eight Butterfly (Diaethria anna).JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Diaethria
Species: D. anna
Binomial name
Diaethria anna
(Guérin-Méneville, 1844)

Diaethria anna, the Anna's eighty-eight, is a butterfly in wet tropical forests in Middle America. On rare occasions, it can be found as a stray in south Texas. Its upperside is dark brown with a metallic bluish-green band on the forewings. The underside of the forewings are red, which is followed by a wide, black band and then white tips; the underside of the hindwings is white, with lines that approximate a black-outlined "88", giving the species its common name.

The caterpillars feed on tropical plants in the families Ulmaceae and Sapindaceae. Adults feed on rotting fruit and dung.

Subspecies are:

  • Diaethria anna anna
  • Diaethria anna salvadorensis

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