Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Texola perse, Arizona, USA ©
tribe Melitaeini is of worldwide distribution. It includes the
Crescents and Checkerspots of North America, and also many familiar
European species such as the Marsh and Heath Fritillaries.
There are 4
Texola species. Their distribution is
centred on Mexico, although 2 species - elada
and perse have ranges that stretch to
the southern states of the USA.
is confined to Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico.
This species is
found mainly in scrubby situations, including along roadsides.
The eggs are pale
green in colour, and laid in batches of up to 50 on the underside of
leaves of the foodplant Anisacanthus (
Acanthaceae ). The larvae live gregariously at first, but become
solitary in later instars.
imbibe mineralised moisture from damp ground, but both sexes are
more often encountered when nectaring. They visit a wide range of
flowers including Eupatorium,
Lantana and various Compositae.