Post by livingplanet3 on Jun 8, 2021 17:11:11 GMT -8
This species ranges into South TX (especially along the lower end of the Rio Grande). I've only ever seen it in butterfly houses, though - they apparently don't normally stay into North TX. I should probably make a trip to the far southern end of TX someday - there are a lot of great insect species down there.
I encountered Siproeta stelenes biplagiata while living in South Florida. It was a very abundant species in the fall. The IFAS Station (Institute of Food and Agriculture Science) in Redlands (Homestead Area) had a population year around. I reared Siproeta stelenes biplagiata once.
Although I visited the Lower Rio Grande numerours times, I only encountered Siproeta stelenes biplagiata twice, both times along the Rio Grande River south of Rio Grande City. I never collected it in Bait Traps in the Homestead/ Redlands area. The winter of 1999/2000 was very mild. I found them along the Northeast side of Lake Okeechobee. The hard freeze during the Winter of 2001 evidently killed them off around Lake Okeechobee. However, they survived the freeze in the Homestead area, they all but disappeared around Lake Okeechobee.
Siproeta stelenes biplagiata could be very abundant one day and absent the next. I was searching through my field note books for my observations on Tmolus azia and it's host plant, Leucaena leucocephala. I found my comments with Tmolus azia and an encounter of Siproeta stelenes biplagiata. The massive size of Siproeta stelenes biplagiata when compared to Tmolus azia and then watch as the tiny Tmolus azia defended it's perch and chased off a huge Siproeta stelenes biplagiata.
I found Siproeta stelenes biplagiata visiting fallen and rotting fruit at the IFAS Station in Redlands (Homestead), Florida. I have never collected one in a Bait Trap.
Last Edit: Jun 23, 2021 9:20:05 GMT -8 by leptraps