Anartia jatrophae

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White peacock
White peacock (Anartia jatrophae jatrophae) underside.JPG
A. j. jatrophae, Tobago
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Victorinini
Genus: Anartia
Species: A. jatrophae
Binomial name
Anartia jatrophae
(Linnaeus, 1763)

Anartia jatrophae (white peacock) is a species of butterfly found in the southeastern United States, Central America, and throughout much of South America.

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.[1]


  1. ^ Melissa A. Barger, Daniel J. Madigan, Timothy R. Matsuura and Chad M. Valderrama, 2005 Aggressive behavior in the butterfly Anartia jatrophae. Dartmouth Studies in Tropical Ecology 2005 [1]

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