Marpesia petreus

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Ruddy daggerwing
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Marpesia
Species: M. petreus
Binomial name
Marpesia petreus
(Cramer, 1776)

Marpesia petreus, the ruddy daggerwing, is a species of butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in Brazil north through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to southern Florida. Strays are found as far north as Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and southern Texas.[1]

Illustration accompanying the original description in Uitlandsche Kapellen D, E

The wingspan is 70–95 mm.

The larvae feed on Ficus carica, Ficus pumila, and Ficus citrifolia.


  1. ^ Opler, Paul A., Harry Pavulaan, Ray E. Stanford, Michael Pogue, coordinators (2006). "Marpesia petreus". Big Sky Institute. Retrieved 2009-03-09.